Federico Giannini

Federico Giannini

Giornalista d'arte, nato a Massa nel 1986, laureato a Pisa nel 2010. Ho fondato Finestre sull'Arte con Ilaria Baratta. Oltre che su queste pagine, scrivo su Art e Dossier e su Left.



Masolino's Year at the Dawn of the Renaissance. What the Empoli exhibition looks like

Masolino's Year at the Dawn of the Renaissance. What the Empoli exhibition looks like

Carlo Bertelli was convinced that Masolino da Panicale's voice had begun to take on an "already entirely personal" timbre in Empoli's works. The scholar had in mind especially Christ in Pity, the monumental fresco that a then already 40-year-old Tomm...
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On the maternity sculpture in Milan: a technical committee should give technical opinions

On the maternity sculpture in Milan: a technical committee should give technical opinions

In some ways, what is happening around the sculpture of motherhood donated by Vera Omodeo's heirs to the City of Milan is reminiscent of a recent episode that occurred in Carrara, just before the Christmas holidays. A former professor of the Carrara ...
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Journey through the workshops of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence

Journey through the workshops of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence

There is a guaranteed method for making even the most peaceful of restorers hostile: uttering the phrase "restore to ancient splendor" in his presence. Emanuela Daffra, superintendent of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, is explaining this to us in fro...
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A park of works made with flowers. The contemporary garden of the Montellori Farm.

A park of works made with flowers. The contemporary garden of the Montellori Farm.

"Some gardens are described as refuges, when in fact they are traps." The tender early spring air that channels along the avenue of pine trees at Montellori Farm does everything it can to belie the aphorism of Ian Hamilton Finlay, the Scottish poet w...
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Do state museums really not know how to organize important exhibitions anymore?

Do state museums really not know how to organize important exhibitions anymore?

In Italy there existed a sort of golden age of exhibitions, full of events of international scope and the result of prestigious collaborations and full-bodied loan campaigns, which today is inexorably over, the accomplice of an autarchy into which ou...
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Antonio Iommelli (director Museums Palazzo Farnese): in Piacenza to bring museum and city into dialogue

Antonio Iommelli (director Museums Palazzo Farnese): in Piacenza to bring museum and city into dialogue

Antonio Iommelli (Naples, 1985) has been director of the Civic Museums of Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza since July of last year. An art historian and scholar of the Baroque, before taking on this important position he worked for three years at the Gall...
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La femme de Claude, Francesco Mosso's masterpiece: a 19th century feminicide

La femme de Claude, Francesco Mosso's masterpiece: a 19th century feminicide

Immense was the dismay caused, in August 1877, by the news of the death of Francesco Mosso, a talented painter from Turin who had passed away at the age of only twenty-nine. The tone of the obituaries was always the same: who knows what he would have...
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A Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec finally removed from stereotypes. What the Rovigo exhibition looks like

A Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec finally removed from stereotypes. What the Rovigo exhibition looks like

Ancient is the problem of the correct framing of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and his production: the long sequence of exhibitions that have been dedicated to him has looked, often almost exclusively, toward one part of his production, that of advertisi...
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Leonardo da Vinci in Livorno? A disappointing, modest and unstructured exhibition

Leonardo da Vinci in Livorno? A disappointing, modest and unstructured exhibition

Needless to get around it: they have a problem with exhibitions in Livorno . After last year's lousy Banksy show , a laughable parade of twenty-six multiples by the British street artist that replicated a format already seen and revised far and wide ...
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Martin Kemp: Leonardo da Vinci fascinates us because he went beyond convention

Martin Kemp: Leonardo da Vinci fascinates us because he went beyond convention

Last Feb. 15, the Leonardo3 Museum in Milan opened a new interactive wall that brings together, on a large screen, all of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, which can be viewed and explored in depth. For theoccasion, Professor Martin Kemp, a British art ...
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Andrea del Sarto's forgotten pupil. What the exhibition on Pier Francesco Foschi looks like in Florence

Andrea del Sarto's forgotten pupil. What the exhibition on Pier Francesco Foschi looks like in Florence

An artist who looked to tradition, always true to himself, the author of devout, compassed and measured paintings while painting exploded around him. For these reasons, as well as for the fact that he was neglected, perhaps deliberately, by Giorgio V...
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A northern Tuscan: continuing to rediscover Raffaello Gambogi. What the Livorno exhibition looks like

A northern Tuscan: continuing to rediscover Raffaello Gambogi. What the Livorno exhibition looks like

Destroyed by illness and pain, rebellious in attitude, detached from the world and everyday life, an artist of the finest genius defeated by life. On February 8, 1943, Raphael Gambogi took leave of the world: alone, poor, desperate, ravaged by alcoho...
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And Jannik Sinner becomes a work of art. Simone Tribuiani painted the Melbourne feat.

And Jannik Sinner becomes a work of art. Simone Tribuiani painted the Melbourne feat.

Vittorio Sereni was convinced that passion for sports was a kind of grand allegory of life. And that the "soccer league cheer," as he, an avid Inter fan, called it, found its root in the overlap between the temperament of the fan and the "figure" tha...
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But do exhibitions in Italy really suck as much as Nicola Lagioia says they do?

But do exhibitions in Italy really suck as much as Nicola Lagioia says they do?

Is there really a gulf separating Italy's exhibition offerings from those of countries like France or even the Netherlands? While in Paris hordes of visitors, including Italians, remain enraptured among the rooms of the Rothko exhibition at the Fonda...
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Contemporary exhibitions in a 14th-century church. When can it be done? The case of Pietrasanta

Contemporary exhibitions in a 14th-century church. When can it be done? The case of Pietrasanta

If an ancient church becomes a venue for contemporary art exhibitions, how blurry is the line between a layout that respects its spaces and one that is instead heavy and invasive to the point of spoiling the perception of the spaces? Increasingly, bu...
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The modernity of a supposedly inept. Serafino Macchiati on display in Collesalvetti

The modernity of a supposedly inept. Serafino Macchiati on display in Collesalvetti

To get an idea of the way in which Serafino Macchiati understood his relationship with art, one might turn to a letter that, from Paris, the artist from the Marche region sent to Livorno, addressed to Benvenuto Benvenuti, in the aftermath of an exhib...
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An incredible master of portraiture. What the exhibition on Giovan Battista Moroni in Milan looks like.

An incredible master of portraiture. What the exhibition on Giovan Battista Moroni in Milan looks like.

Even an acclaimed contemporary artist like David Hockney can perhaps be included in the ranks of Giovanni Battista Moroni's admirers. But even should one deem it excessive to burden him with the label of enthusiast, it is still safe to say that Hockn...
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The armless beauty: on the Madonna of Camaiore, a mysterious work by Matteo Civitali

The armless beauty: on the Madonna of Camaiore, a mysterious work by Matteo Civitali

Perhaps the most suitable nickname for Matteo Civitali'sAnnunciata was found by Carlo Pedretti: in 1998 he compared some sheets by Leonardo da Vinci with the sweet little Renaissance Madonnina by the great sculptor from Lucca, and called her "the mai...
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Artemisia Gentileschi in Genoa, a ramshackle exhibition between biographism and inappropriate shows

Artemisia Gentileschi in Genoa, a ramshackle exhibition between biographism and inappropriate shows

The very recent exploit of Costantino D'Orazio as curator of ancient art exhibitions has caused great surprise: the well-known essayist, contemporary art historian, popularizer and television personality who has been on the shields for years, and for...
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A nativity scene painted on pottery: the 16th-century altarpiece in the church of Albissola Marina

A nativity scene painted on pottery: the 16th-century altarpiece in the church of Albissola Marina

In the church of Albissola Marina, the parish church of Our Lady of Concord, there is a beautiful painted nativity scene, from the 16th century, placed near the altar. And so far so good: there are countless churches that at some point present the fa...
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Galileo Chini's Art Nouveau returns to the spa. What the Montecatini exhibition looks like.

Galileo Chini's Art Nouveau returns to the spa. What the Montecatini exhibition looks like.

Not much has been heard about the many initiatives organized for the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Galileo Chini's birth, and it is not difficult to understand the reasons why: these are mainly situations linked to the cities most marked by...
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Vladimir Kartashov, the Russian artist who brings his cyberbaroque to La Scala in Milan. The interview

Vladimir Kartashov, the Russian artist who brings his cyberbaroque to La Scala in Milan. The interview

From Russia to Italy, where he immediately made his mark despite his very young age: we are talking about Vladimir Kartashov, a Russian artist born in 1997 in Novosibirsk, Siberia. He moved very young to the far east of Siberia, to Magadan, growing u...
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Milan, an exhibition on El Greco at Palazzo Reale to amaze the public

Milan, an exhibition on El Greco at Palazzo Reale to amaze the public

Scipione, who was the most tormented, poetic and passionate painter of the Roman School of the 1930s, signed one of the most intense pages of criticism on El Greco ever written. Scipione can be reproached for a lack of originality, since he wrote abo...
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Mythical Turner: landscapes and myth in the English painter's art. What the Venaria exhibition looks like

Mythical Turner: landscapes and myth in the English painter's art. What the Venaria exhibition looks like

"Turner should come to Rome [...]. Here his genius would find bread for his teeth." The consideration was expressed by Sir Thomas Lawrence, an English painter who was residing in Italy at the time, and who in a letter of July 1819 confided to Joseph ...
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The Uffizi according to Eike Schmidt. End-of-term mega-interview with German director.

The Uffizi according to Eike Schmidt. End-of-term mega-interview with German director.

Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi, will leave after eight years the museum he has directed since 2015. Schmidt, a German from Freiburg im Breisgau, born in 1968, is among the first cohort of directors of autonomous institutes created under the 201...
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Italian painting today. A mapping? No, the exhibition at the Triennale looks like a sketchbook

Italian painting today. A mapping? No, the exhibition at the Triennale looks like a sketchbook

I think the best assessment of the exhibition Pittura italiana oggi, the large group show that brings together the work of 120 painters at the Milan Triennale, is the sense of surprise that Davide Ferri notes in his essay published in the exhibition ...
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Who was Boccioni before he became a futurist? A complex artist. What the Parma exhibition is like

Who was Boccioni before he became a futurist? A complex artist. What the Parma exhibition is like

The surface changes over time and centuries, but the substance of art remains the same, is immutable, is eternal. Umberto Boccioni realized this shortly after his arrival in Milan in 1907, having just visited the Last Supper and been impressed by Leo...
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Why Morandi is one of Italy's greatest artists. Interview with Maria Cristina Bandera

Why Morandi is one of Italy's greatest artists. Interview with Maria Cristina Bandera

Until Feb. 4, 2024, Palazzo Reale in Milan is hosting the exhibition Morandi 1890 - 1964, one of the most comprehensive shows ever dedicated to one of the greatest Italian artists of the 20th century, Giorgio Morandi (Bologna, 1890 - 1964). The exhib...
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Is the great Pan dead? The death of Eros, the spectacular new work by Bertozzi & Casoni.

Is the great Pan dead? The death of Eros, the spectacular new work by Bertozzi & Casoni.

"When you are in Palodes, announce that the Great Pan is dead." A voice rises from the island of Paxos that stuns all the passengers on the ship: it is directed to Thamus, the Egyptian helmsman. On the ship people wonder if they should disregard the ...
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We are all travelers. On the book Psychologia de viaggiatore by Remo Carulli.

We are all travelers. On the book Psychologia de viaggiatore by Remo Carulli.

Defining what a journey is is a rather simple task, at least on appearances: usually "journey" is understood to mean moving from the place where one resides, permanently or temporarily, to another place, which one imagines is mostly far away or at th...
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Felicitations. Nostalgia, alert: CCCP 40 years later. What the Reggio Emilia exhibition looks like.

Felicitations. Nostalgia, alert: CCCP 40 years later. What the Reggio Emilia exhibition looks like.

The last performance. The final act. The final farewell. On the most unlikely stage. Felicitations. Forty years after the release of Orthodoxy and twenty years after the last reunion, CCCP - Fedeli alla Linea find themselves together again, among the...
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Why are virtually no more exhibition reviews being written?

Why are virtually no more exhibition reviews being written?

Death of criticism. Disappearance of criticism. Crisis of criticism. It has been talked about so much, and for so long, that by putting together everything that has come out on the subject in the last thirty years, one might think of starting a new l...
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Interview with Peter Campus: I do video art, but I feel I am part of the painting tradition

Interview with Peter Campus: I do video art, but I feel I am part of the painting tradition

Until Dec. 6, 2023, Peter Campus (New York, 1937), one of the fathers of video art and among the most significant exponents of this expressive form ever, is the protagonist of the solo exhibition Myoptiks held at the Carlocinque Gallery in Milan (all...
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Fabrizio Plessi's sense of ruins. What the Plessi Sposa Brixia exhibition looks like.

Fabrizio Plessi's sense of ruins. What the Plessi Sposa Brixia exhibition looks like.

It was 1986 and Fabrizio Plessi brought to the Venice Biennale that year one of his most famous installations, Bronx, indebted to a certain extent to the art of Nam June Paik: twenty-six televisions arranged inside an iron structure, with the monitor...
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Art criticism: how do we judge the quality of a work of art?

Art criticism: how do we judge the quality of a work of art?

For the past few weeks, there has been discussion in the United States around a lengthy article by Sean Tatol, founder of the website Manhattan Art Review, on which the young critic reviews, with epigraphic and pungent writing, and always assigning a...
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Uffizi Diffusi in its third year: a review of the project

Uffizi Diffusi in its third year: a review of the project

It took shape in the fall of three years ago the idea of circulating the works of the Uffizi in the territory, among local communities, in places less known to tourism: we were in the midst of the forced cohabitation with Covid, ideas for more sustai...
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How to bring young people closer to museums?

How to bring young people closer to museums?

The occasion of the conference Towards a Culture for All, which will be held in the Salone di Cinquecento of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence next Tuesday, September 19, at 10 a.m., and which will deal with policies of access to culture, offers an opportu...
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Blind leading the dead. What the Chapman brothers' exhibition in Pietrasanta looks like.

Blind leading the dead. What the Chapman brothers' exhibition in Pietrasanta looks like.

We live in the palliative society, argues Byung-chul Han. A society that has removed pain from the horizon of one's experiences, a society that tries to hide pain in every way, a society that has elected personal happiness as the supreme good to the ...
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Continuing to spit on Hegel. Antidote to trivializations about violence against women.

Continuing to spit on Hegel. Antidote to trivializations about violence against women.

Rummaging through the many communiqués that reach the editorial office every day, I learned that this year Mantua's Festivaletteratura will dedicate two meetings to Carla Lonzi, a fundamental art critic and unparalleled theorist of second-wave fem...
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The sensual and ambiguous love between the merman and the Nereid. Max Klinger's masterpiece

The sensual and ambiguous love between the merman and the Nereid. Max Klinger's masterpiece

Rarely do we find, in mid-nineteenth-century painting, paintings imbued with an immediate, almost shameless eroticism, such as that which permeates Max Klinger's Triton and Nereid , the German artist's most famous painting, a work that still manages ...
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How not to refit a museum: the case of the National Archaeological Museum of Vulci

How not to refit a museum: the case of the National Archaeological Museum of Vulci

We are less than two years away from the 50th anniversary of the National Archaeological Museum of Vulci, an institute of rare merit that was opened to the public in 1975, with its headquarters in the imposing Castello della Badia, a severe fortress ...
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An altarpiece for the duke's sister: St. Margaret presented at Trinity by Anton Maria Viani

An altarpiece for the duke's sister: St. Margaret presented at Trinity by Anton Maria Viani

Antonio Maria Viani was the prefect of the ducal factories in Mantua when his colleague Domenico Fetti portrayed him, in 1618, in a large canvas that was part of a cycle devoted to the life of Margherita Gonzaga, sister of Duke Vincenzo I: the noblew...
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Leaving Via dei Fori Imperiali in Rome intact? A reactionary and anachronistic idea

Leaving Via dei Fori Imperiali in Rome intact? A reactionary and anachronistic idea

If there is to be found a real havoc that threatens to be wrought around the redevelopment of Rome's Via dei Fori Imperiali, it could be nimbly identified in the maintenance of the status quo. It must be premised, of course, that a smoky blanket shro...
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Jake Chapman: The audience for art? I don't like to talk about that. You pick the beauty you like

Jake Chapman: The audience for art? I don't like to talk about that. You pick the beauty you like

From Aug. 11 to Nov. 5, The Project Space gallery in Pietrasanta hosts the exhibition "The Blind Leading the Dead" by Jake & Dinos Chapman: protagonists of the latest revolution in European art, the Chapman brothers represent the most provocative...
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Among the ruins of San Bruzio, an ancient monastery in the Tuscan Maremma.

Among the ruins of San Bruzio, an ancient monastery in the Tuscan Maremma.

Wind, cicadas, calm. The ruins of the monastery of San Bruzio stand on the rounded hump of a soft knoll, hidden among the fields, along the provincial road that leads from the castle of Marsiliana to the village of Magliano, still tightly packed in t...
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Genoa, why Palazzo Ducale scores own goal by not confirming director Serena Bertolucci

Genoa, why Palazzo Ducale scores own goal by not confirming director Serena Bertolucci

Strong concerns have been raised about the decision by the board of directors of the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa not to renew the appointment of director Serena Bertolucci. It must be said that so much has changed in the past year in the shadow of the Gr...
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Leandro Erlich's exhibition in Milan: when art is Instagram-friendly

Leandro Erlich's exhibition in Milan: when art is Instagram-friendly

Dating back to 1999 was Leandro Erlich's debut in a U.S. gallery. The Argentine artist, now risen to the heights of international fame, was twenty-three years old at the time and presented himself at the Kent Gallery in New York with an installation,...
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All of Luca Signorelli in just two rooms. What the five-hundredth anniversary exhibition in Cortona looks like

All of Luca Signorelli in just two rooms. What the five-hundredth anniversary exhibition in Cortona looks like

Seventy precise years separate the first modern monographic exhibition on Luca Signorelli, the one held in 1953 first in Cortona and then in Florence at Palazzo Strozzi, from the more recent one, namely the one organized this year for the 500th anniv...
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An anonymous summit of the Renaissance in Liguria: the table of the Master of Cesio

An anonymous summit of the Renaissance in Liguria: the table of the Master of Cesio

Writing about the Cesio panel, an extravagant apex of the Renaissance in Liguria, now preserved in the highly prized Diocesan Museum in Albenga, art historian Mauro Natale had spoken of an "absolute exception": it was not in fact customary for such a...
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Venus of rags on fire between premature presidentialism and eagerness to rebuild

Venus of rags on fire between premature presidentialism and eagerness to rebuild

The last flames that, the day before yesterday, enveloped Michelangelo Pistoletto's monumental-scale replica of the Venus of rags had yet to be extinguished, but on social media and the online editions of all newspapers, local and national, comments ...
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Wifredo Lam, a Cuban in Liguria among ceramics and sea wizards. What the Savona exhibition looks like

Wifredo Lam, a Cuban in Liguria among ceramics and sea wizards. What the Savona exhibition looks like

"Unclassifiable." This is the adjective, simple but extremely eloquent and fitting, that a few years ago Eskil Lam found to describe the art of his father, Wifredo Lam. There is perhaps no definition that better fits this artist so out of the ordinar...
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Andrade's modernity as a painter before he became an architect: GAM's Temporale

Andrade's modernity as a painter before he became an architect: GAM's Temporale

Browsing through a nineteenth-century art history textbook, it will not be difficult to come across the name of Alfredo d'Andrade, the great Portuguese-born (full name was Alfredo Cesar Reis Freire de Andrade) but naturalized Italian architect whom w...
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White Carrara, another missed opportunity to talk about marble: review below expectations

White Carrara, another missed opportunity to talk about marble: review below expectations

Examined by scratching the surface a little, the seventh edition of White Carrara, the festival that has enlivened the start of summers in the historic center of the city of the marbles since 2017, looks a lot like a Monicelli film. It resembles the ...
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Here's how Ferrara and Bologna overlapped in the Renaissance. Interview with Vittorio Sgarbi

Here's how Ferrara and Bologna overlapped in the Renaissance. Interview with Vittorio Sgarbi

The exhibition Renaissance in Ferrara. Ercole de' Roberti and Lorenzo Costa, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi and Michele Danieli (in Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti, from February 18 to June 19, 2023), is one of the most significant of the year, as well as ...
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A Neapolitan in Florence. What the Luca Giordano exhibition at Palazzo Medici Riccardi is like.

A Neapolitan in Florence. What the Luca Giordano exhibition at Palazzo Medici Riccardi is like.

Florence owes much of its late Baroque facies to a Neapolitan. If there had been no Luca Giordano, who knows what paths the great decoration of the early 18th century in Florence would have taken: perhaps, spectacular frescoes such as Giuseppe Nicola...
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The most beautiful works in Naples? They are everywhere but in Naples. On loans from Capodimonte and MANN.

The most beautiful works in Naples? They are everywhere but in Naples. On loans from Capodimonte and MANN.

Right now, many of Naples ' most important works of art can be found anywhere but Naples. This is thanks to the singular lending policies of the city's two main state museums, the National Museum of Capodimonte and the National Archaeological Museum ...
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Francesco Bianchi Ferrari's Annunciation: a theological compendium in a single scene

Francesco Bianchi Ferrari's Annunciation: a theological compendium in a single scene

To paint one of the most widely represented Gospel episodes in the history of art, the Annunciation, while transforming the scene, so familiar and so traditional, into a narrative capable of also showing the faithful the entire history of salvation. ...
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The crowds at free museums are not a great achievement, they are worrisome

The crowds at free museums are not a great achievement, they are worrisome

Yesterday, a few hours after the conclusion of the free Sunday on June 4, for the first time combined with another narrow free admission (the one instituted for Republic Day), Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano triumphantly declared that the Sunday...
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The ceramics of a great artist who did not like ceramics. Fausto Melotti's exhibition in Lucca

The ceramics of a great artist who did not like ceramics. Fausto Melotti's exhibition in Lucca

Perhaps, in Fausto Melotti's intentions, an exhibition such as the one the Fondazione Ragghianti in Lucca is dedicating to him this year should never have been held. The project, curated by Ilaria Bernardi, brings to the halls of the San Micheletto c...
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Capodimonte recidivist. On the senseless loan of 70 jewels to the Louvre.

Capodimonte recidivist. On the senseless loan of 70 jewels to the Louvre.

We have already spoken several times on these pages about the extreme nonchalance with which the two main museums in Naples, the MANN and Capodimonte, lend their family jewels, now in an ever-increasing stream. Regarding the National Archae...
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That disastrous pope who loved the arts. What the exhibition on Urban VIII at Palazzo Barberini looks like.

That disastrous pope who loved the arts. What the exhibition on Urban VIII at Palazzo Barberini looks like.

Seventeenth-century Romans did not hold Urban VIII in high esteem, despite the fact that even today traces of his pontificate can be found scattered all over Rome, and despite the fact that the twenty-one years of his reign, from 1623 to 1644, are pr...
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Hunting Michelangelo's David: why recent positions on images are anachronistic

Hunting Michelangelo's David: why recent positions on images are anachronistic

While in a small town in Brazil they were finishing pulling up a circa 1:3 scale replica of the Trevi Fountain, in Italy the Court of Florence recognized the existence of a "right to the image of cultural heritage" by letting the Galleria dell'Accade...
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Perugino, Italy's best master. Here's what the Perugia exhibition looks like

Perugino, Italy's best master. Here's what the Perugia exhibition looks like

In the eyes of Agostino Chigi, Perugino was the "best master in Italy." He wrote this in a letter sent to his father Mariano on November 7, 1500, discussing the possibility of commissioning him to paint an altarpiece for the family altar in the churc...
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Why it is unrealistic to propose making museums free by cutting military spending

Why it is unrealistic to propose making museums free by cutting military spending

A great populist classic of cultural heritage: free museums funded by cuts in military spending. The proposal, which is far from new, was reiterated earlier this week by Tomaso Montanari in an interview with Fortune Italia: "A courageous move would b...
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Goodbye to good museum directors? Three topics of discussion on the new call for proposals

Goodbye to good museum directors? Three topics of discussion on the new call for proposals

There has been a lot of talk in recent days about the language barrier that Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano would like to impose for the call for applications for the competition by which as many as thirteen new directors of autonomous museums w...
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Nicola Bolla's painting, from Pigment Paintings to LP paintings

Nicola Bolla's painting, from Pigment Paintings to LP paintings

Everyone knows For the love of God, the diamond-covered skull that Damien Hirst executed in 2007 garnering worldwide praise and acclaim. How many, however, know the artist who most likely inspired it? One has to look to Piedmont, where Nicola Bolla w...
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A Cremonese among the Venetians. The Madonna of Altobello Melone at the Carrara Academy.

A Cremonese among the Venetians. The Madonna of Altobello Melone at the Carrara Academy.

As soon as one arrives in the hall of the Veneti at the Carrara Academy in Bergamo, after laying eyes on Altobello Melone's Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, one will realize that the caption accompanying the painting tends to emphasize th...
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All the humanity of the poor by Giacomo Ceruti. What the Miseria&Nobiltà exhibition in Brescia looks like.

All the humanity of the poor by Giacomo Ceruti. What the Miseria&Nobiltà exhibition in Brescia looks like.

To think of eighteenth-century art, images of vast heavenly expanses, frivolous worldly amusements, large airy and terse halls, mirrors, gardens, wigs, feathers, and swings immediately come to mind. One tends to think less of an art that depicted the...
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Laura Casalis (Franco Maria Ricci): this is how FMR magazine was reborn.

Laura Casalis (Franco Maria Ricci): this is how FMR magazine was reborn.

The historic FMR magazine, founded in 1982, returned to publication in December 2021 after a long period of stop. After the first year of the "new" FMR, we spoke with Laura Casalis, editor-in-chief of the magazine and a work and life companion of the...
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Duchess, patron, influencer: all the faces of Eleanor of Toledo on display in Florence

Duchess, patron, influencer: all the faces of Eleanor of Toledo on display in Florence

The first image that rushes to mind when one thinks of Eleanor of Toledo can only inevitably be Bronzino's sumptuous portrait in which the splendid duchess of Florence, clad in one of the most material and evocative dresses in the history of art, is ...
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Images of the sea in painting between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Images of the sea in painting between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

San Martino d'Albaro is today a crowded and densely urbanized district of Genoa, now completely incorporated into the city, and whose ancient physiognomy has become almost unrecognizable. In the late nineteenth century, however, it was a country haml...
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Banksy in Livorno: yet another commercial exhibition in a city that can and should do better

Banksy in Livorno: yet another commercial exhibition in a city that can and should do better

It is now pleonastic to discuss the usefulness of yet another Banksy exhibition. Those who would like to go to the Museum of the City of Livorno and spend twelve euros to see an exhibition composed of twenty-six multiples of Banksy, more or less the ...
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A sumptuous painting by Camillo Procaccini hidden in the heart of Milan: the Martyrdom of St. Theodore

A sumptuous painting by Camillo Procaccini hidden in the heart of Milan: the Martyrdom of St. Theodore

The basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore is mentioned in Milan's guidebooks mainly for having been the church where the young Michelangelo Merisi, destined as an adult to become Caravaggio, was baptized: this was discovered in 2007, when an archival do...
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Tærra bōnn-a. Brief travel notes on the ceramics of Savona and Albissola.

Tærra bōnn-a. Brief travel notes on the ceramics of Savona and Albissola.

If one wanted to find some trace, some fragment of the ancient history of Savona's Palazzo del Monte di Pietà ("one of the first in Europe," as tourist guides take pains to point out), one would struggle to notice it on the outside, on the nin...
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The fascination of color to discover light and the supersensible. The painting of Maurizio Faleni

The fascination of color to discover light and the supersensible. The painting of Maurizio Faleni

If you want to start finding a motif for your own artwork, look at a stain on the wall. This was the suggestion that Leonardo da Vinci, in his Treatise on Painting, gave to young artists: the example came to him from a friend of his, a certain Sandro...
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The dreamlike expressionism of Francesca Banchelli

The dreamlike expressionism of Francesca Banchelli

One could start from a first, single noun to introduce the art of Francesca Banchelli (Montevarchi, 1981), one of the most interesting names in young Italian painting: "encounter." It is perhaps the first word that comes up every time you look at her...
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Ferrara great capital of the Renaissance. What the exhibition on Ercole de' Roberti and Lorenzo Costa looks like.

Ferrara great capital of the Renaissance. What the exhibition on Ercole de' Roberti and Lorenzo Costa looks like.

Against the simplifications of a scholastic vulgata that often tends to trivialize the events of the fifteenth century in Ferrara, leading one to consider them almost a sort of vernacular emanation of a broader "Renaissance" centered on Tuscany, one ...
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Vittorio Sgarbi speaks: We need to create a catalog of ancient goods in private hands

Vittorio Sgarbi speaks: We need to create a catalog of ancient goods in private hands

A catalog of antique goods, dating from before 1920, in the possession of private individuals: this is Vittorio Sgarbi's idea to make the market more agile and free both the state and dealers and collectors from the current notification system. Accor...
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A decorating artist: interview with Filippo Perego, dean of interior decorators

A decorating artist: interview with Filippo Perego, dean of interior decorators

A life spent furnishing the homes of Italians with taste and passion: Count Filippo Perego di Cremnago (Milan, 1930), one of the first and most important interior decorators in our country, has recently set up a foundation that bears his name and aim...
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Don't touch Achille Bonito Oliva: he is an artist, and the work of art is his texts

Don't touch Achille Bonito Oliva: he is an artist, and the work of art is his texts

Achille Bonito Oliva is right when, in his "Lecture" published in Robinson last February 18, he asserts with solid conviction that the work of art does not exist as a monad, but as a portion of a system that is completed by the surplus value guarante...
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Surprise: the one on Van Gogh in Rome is not the usual box office exhibition

Surprise: the one on Van Gogh in Rome is not the usual box office exhibition

It is difficult to avoid the risk of setting up an exhibition that has already been seen when dealing with Vincent van Gogh. That is, one of the artists whose name recurs most often in the exhibition palimpsests of half the world: it will suffice to ...
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The Flogging of Farfa: when an old futurist struggles with matter.

The Flogging of Farfa: when an old futurist struggles with matter.

Behind the successes of a great artist there is always the work of a large group of people who make them possible. It has always been so in the history of art: in the Renaissance there were workshops, even tiny ones, but they always relied on a preci...
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All about the young John Paul Panini: the exhibition-dossier in Piacenza

All about the young John Paul Panini: the exhibition-dossier in Piacenza

Perhaps it is no exaggeration to say that Giovanni Paolo Panini is rightfully among that select group of artists who can claim to have not one, but two dates of birth. In Panini's case, the first is the date on which he was born in Piacenza, June 17,...
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The disjointed nonconformity of Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli's Annunciation

The disjointed nonconformity of Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli's Annunciation

The eyes of those who arrive in Room 12 of the National Museum of Capodimonte are typically caught by the mysterious and bewitching gaze of Parmigianino'sAntea , or the fixed and penetrating gaze of Galeazzo Sanvitale hanging beside her, another mast...
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Why do so many key masterpieces from the GNAM in Rome have to stay in China for eight months?

Why do so many key masterpieces from the GNAM in Rome have to stay in China for eight months?

The first had been the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, which had sent its jewels to Texas in early 2020: about forty select pieces including Caravaggio's Flagellation, Parmigianino'sAntea, Guido Reni'sAtalanta and Hippomenes, and Titian's Danae, i.e....
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The reconstruction of the Herrera Chapel: Annibale Carracci is given back his last feat

The reconstruction of the Herrera Chapel: Annibale Carracci is given back his last feat

The facade of the church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, so smooth, sober, spartan, rigid in its geometric tripartition, does not say much to the millions of people who wander around Piazza Navona and pass by it without paying too much attention. Ye...
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Recycling Beauty at the Prada Foundation: a missed opportunity to talk about reuse and recycling

Recycling Beauty at the Prada Foundation: a missed opportunity to talk about reuse and recycling

The Rome of the first half of the 14th century saw the beginning of a "slow and complex revolution," writes Eloisa Dodero in the catalog of the exhibition Recycling Beauty, the show that the Fondazione Prada in Milan, in the spaces of the Podium and ...
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Uffizi at 25 euros. Controversy over the extra 5 euros is useless if the real issue is not discussed

Uffizi at 25 euros. Controversy over the extra 5 euros is useless if the real issue is not discussed

It has generated a predictable controversy the news of the Uffizi ticket increase from 20 to 25 euros in high season, although it will be worth mentioning that the low season rate (12 euros) has not been adjusted and that a ticket for early visitors ...
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Serafino De Tivoli's pasture: more than a painting, a piece of the real seen from the window

Serafino De Tivoli's pasture: more than a painting, a piece of the real seen from the window

It is the dawn of a clear morning in the countryside around Florence, and in the calm that envelops the hills around the city, a painter stops in front of a small lonely stream to stare quickly at the scene he sees before him: a pair of cows, one whi...
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Unpublished Gino Romiti between D'Annunzio and Angelo Conti. The exhibition in Livorno and Collesalvetti

Unpublished Gino Romiti between D'Annunzio and Angelo Conti. The exhibition in Livorno and Collesalvetti

"Here is a book of faith, here is a treatise of love, composed by a candid and most fervent spirit, by an enthusiastic exegete to whom the work of art appears as nothing but religion made sensible under a living form": these are the words with which ...
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Uffizi Diffusi will have more than 100 locations and will continue for a long time. Interview with Eike Schmidt

Uffizi Diffusi will have more than 100 locations and will continue for a long time. Interview with Eike Schmidt

A year and a half after the birth of the Uffizi Diffusi project, it is time to take stock: how many more locations will the project have? How will it continue? Next year will also see the first return of a Uffizi work to a local church: to what exten...
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A Rubens in Genoa not fully resolved. Lights and shadows of the Palazzo Ducale exhibition

A Rubens in Genoa not fully resolved. Lights and shadows of the Palazzo Ducale exhibition

Exactly four hundred years have passed since the publication of Pieter Paul Rubens's Palazzi di Genova, the book with which the great Flemish artist, moved by a keen interest in Genoese architecture, so much so that he gave the volume to the presses ...
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A nativity scene that served as a predella. Antonio Begarelli's masterpiece in Modena Cathedral.

A nativity scene that served as a predella. Antonio Begarelli's masterpiece in Modena Cathedral.

It is not easy to make a nativity scene, wrote Dino Buzzati. It is a "job that may seem like a game and is instead charged with seriousness and mystery," a job not suitable "for mothers," because it "requires skill organizational skills, technica...
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The Farrattini Altarpiece, singular story of an early masterpiece by Federico Zuccari

The Farrattini Altarpiece, singular story of an early masterpiece by Federico Zuccari

The curious and unusual affair of the altarpiece that Federico Zuccari painted for the Farrattini Chapel in the Cathedral of Amelia in Umbria, an early masterpiece of the painter from the Marche region, is a beautiful story about a separation and a r...
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See Narni through the eyes of travelers and painters of the Grand Tour

See Narni through the eyes of travelers and painters of the Grand Tour

The ruins of the Bridge of Augustus that appear unexpected and imposing after traveling through hills thick with woods and forests. The ominous gorges of the Nera that evoke mysteries, legends, magical presences. A village with an almost intact medie...
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Piranesi's Rome in the Views of the National Gallery of Umbria: a fine exhibition

Piranesi's Rome in the Views of the National Gallery of Umbria: a fine exhibition

In front of their eyes the imposing and threatening mass of the Alps, in their hearts the longing for the eternal Urbe, in their minds the images they saw at home while leafing through Piranesi's Views of Rome. We can imagine them this way, the trave...
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Pisa's Palazzo Blu takes stock of Macchiaioli history

Pisa's Palazzo Blu takes stock of Macchiaioli history

Already after the first rooms of the Macchiaioli exhibition in Pisa, the public will be able to breathe a sigh of relief: at last an exhibition on the subject that does not disappoint expectations. And yes, it should perhaps be clear from the title t...
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Arcadia in Painting. Donato Creti's pastoral fable at the Pinacoteca di Bologna.

Arcadia in Painting. Donato Creti's pastoral fable at the Pinacoteca di Bologna.

Renato Roli wrote in his monograph on Donato Creti, published in 1967, that the Emilian painter's Scena d'Arcadia , now housed in the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Bologna, was worth more than any of his other works to earn him the "flattering appellation ...
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Luigi Abete: we should not be afraid of private enterprises in culture

Luigi Abete: we should not be afraid of private enterprises in culture

Cultural assets managed by public entities, private entities managing publicly owned cultural assets: the dichotomy between public and private in the management of cultural assets in Italy has given rise to a long-standing debate in which ideological...
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Bright, tumultuous, splendid Pisanello: on the Mantua exhibition at the Ducal Palace.

Bright, tumultuous, splendid Pisanello: on the Mantua exhibition at the Ducal Palace.

To give an idea of the uniqueness of an exhibition featuring Pisanello as its protagonist, it will suffice to recall that twenty-one years have passed since the last exhibition dedicated to him (at the National Gallery in London, in 2001), and that i...
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The memory of information. Gianluigi Colin and his monumental speech in Piacenza.

The memory of information. Gianluigi Colin and his monumental speech in Piacenza.

Among the frescoes in the Stanza dell'Incendio di Borgo, one of four that Raphael frescoed with his collaborators in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace as soon as he arrived in Rome, is one that depicts the coronation of Charlemagne: the iconographic pro...
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The Alternative to Futurism. Leonardo Dudreville and New Tendencies on display in Lucca

The Alternative to Futurism. Leonardo Dudreville and New Tendencies on display in Lucca

Four words, aphoristic, lapidary and forceful, express the credo Leonardo Dudreville would profess from the 1920s onward: "clear ideas, clearly expressed." Clear ideas, vigorously rejecting previous abstract research. Clearly expressed, to welcome th...
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Olafur Eliasson in Florence, what is behind his play of light and reflections?

Olafur Eliasson in Florence, what is behind his play of light and reflections?

It is among the words of Ólafur Elíasson himself that one needs to find the most interesting elements of his large-scale solo exhibition Nel tuo tempo (In Your Time), the long-awaited event that Palazzo Strozzi is dedicating to the Dani...
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Tomato versus Van Gogh's Sunflowers. But art and nature are on the same side

Tomato versus Van Gogh's Sunflowers. But art and nature are on the same side

"What is worth more, art or life?" Here, if the two activists who threw tomato sauce at the glass protecting Van Gogh's Sunflowers had studied a little more, they evidently would have been careful not to put the question in such peremptorily Manichea...
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Who was Antonio Ligabue? An exhibition in Modena to learn about the man, the artist, and his greatness

Who was Antonio Ligabue? An exhibition in Modena to learn about the man, the artist, and his greatness

Browsing through the ever-expanding bibliography devoted to Antonio Ligabue, it will not be uncommon to come across comparisons with Vincent van Gogh, a painter with whom Ligabue shared part of the personal story (both experienced loneliness, margina...
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Genoa, on display at Palazzo Negrone news about Fiasella and paintings exhibited for the first time

Genoa, on display at Palazzo Negrone news about Fiasella and paintings exhibited for the first time

The year that Genoa devoted to Baroque art, fostering several exhibitions of considerable depth in the city and outside (it will be worth mentioning at least the Superbarocco project at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, the exhibition on Domenico P...
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If Anselm Kiefer covers Tintoretto in Venice's Doge's Palace.

If Anselm Kiefer covers Tintoretto in Venice's Doge's Palace.

Those who feel like going or returning to see, between now and the end of the month, the large cycle that Anselm Kiefer has executed for the Scrutiny Room of the Ducal Palace, might attempt an exercise: Record the comments of visitors who, ha...
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The beach as a mental thing. The Versilia of Carlo Carrà

The beach as a mental thing. The Versilia of Carlo Carrà

It was Arturo Dazzi from Carrara who convinced Carlo Carrà to spend the summer of 1926 in Versilia. The two had met at the Venice Biennale that year: contemporaries, artists with an established path, they were going through two profoundly diff...
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Isao Sugiyama. Forty years in Italy, seeking dialogue between man and nature. The interview

Isao Sugiyama. Forty years in Italy, seeking dialogue between man and nature. The interview

Born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1954, Isao Sugiyama is an artist who has lived and worked in Carrara, Italy, since 1983. His path began with figurative art and then came to Shrines, the series that has characterized his work since 1989 and which Sugiyama...
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Children's games from around the world. Francis Alÿs' poetry at the Venice Biennale

Children's games from around the world. Francis Alÿs' poetry at the Venice Biennale

Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug. 21, 2021. On the shore of a mound formed by the waste materials of a cobalt mine, a child, dressed in a yellow and green soccer shirt and a pair of red shorts, climbs up pushing the dusty tire of a truck...
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Ten urgent priorities for the next minister of culture

Ten urgent priorities for the next minister of culture

CulturalItaly has emerged devastated from two years of pandemic. This is not a statement tinged with sensationalism: there are data certifying all the serious difficulties the sector is going through. Federculture's latest report released worrying d...
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Gerard David's Our Lady of the Loaf: a mother feeding her child.

Gerard David's Our Lady of the Loaf: a mother feeding her child.

One does not necessarily have to think of childish romanticisms when, in the first room of the Flemish in the Palazzo Bianco in Genoa, one reads the caption accompanying Gerard David's splendid panel on the right wall and notices that someone chose t...
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Art as sign, light, balance between measure and non-measure. Interview with Guido Strazza

Art as sign, light, balance between measure and non-measure. Interview with Guido Strazza

Guido Strazza (Santa Fiora, 1922) is one of the most significant figures in Italian art in recent decades. Discovered by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, he debuted as a Futurist aeropainter and then became one of the leading Italian exponents of research ...
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Still Life with Cherries, one of the very rare works by Paul Cézanne that we have in Italy

Still Life with Cherries, one of the very rare works by Paul Cézanne that we have in Italy

It is thanks to a few enlightened minds that we can admire a scant handful of Paul Cézanne's paintings in Italian museums today. Palma Bucarelli who bought Cabanon du Jourdan, believed to be Cézanne's last painting, for the Galleria d'A...
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All of Federico da Montefeltro in one exhibition. Gubbio's exhibition for the 600th anniversary

All of Federico da Montefeltro in one exhibition. Gubbio's exhibition for the 600th anniversary

When one thinks of Federico da Montefeltro, it comes naturally to associate the figure of this condottiere and patron with the great palace that stands out against the skyline of the capital of his duchy, Urbino, the main center of his power, the sea...
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The secrets of Uffizi communication. Tommaso Galligani, press office manager, speaks.

The secrets of Uffizi communication. Tommaso Galligani, press office manager, speaks.

In recent years, the Uffizi has become a major player in the world of museums internationally, thanks in part to frequent, constant, pervasive, effective communication that has used a variety of tools and channels, from traditional media (new...
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Benvenuto Benvenuti's tower of Calafuria, the visionary evocation of an emotion

Benvenuto Benvenuti's tower of Calafuria, the visionary evocation of an emotion

The Calafuria watchtower suddenly appears among the rocks as one descends along the Aurelia in that wonderful stretch that, having left Livorno and passed the Antignano coastline, skirts the cliffs just below Montenero and leads toward the village of...
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How do party programs talk about culture in the run-up to the September 25 elections?

How do party programs talk about culture in the run-up to the September 25 elections?

Culture, it is well known, is not a campaign topic. And if it is not traditionally so in quieter periods than the one we are currently experiencing, let alone how much attention can be devoted to it in a campaign that the parties have had to prepare ...
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All the sublime and beautiful in art: the Christ at the Sodom Column

All the sublime and beautiful in art: the Christ at the Sodom Column

The story behind Sodom's Christ at the Column , preserved at the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Siena, is curious and singular. It is a detached fresco: in ancient times it stood in the cloister of the convent of San Francesco in Siena, where the artist had...
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When contemporary art invades ancient spaces

When contemporary art invades ancient spaces

Anyone visiting the Doge's Palace in Venice until next Oct. 29 will not find in the Sala dello Scrutinio the works of Tintoretto, Andrea Vicentino, Pietro Liberi, Palma the Younger and the others who painted the splendors of the Serenissima on the la...
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The mystery of the Madonna and Child by Bartolomeo Caporali, a piece of Mantegna culture in Umbria

The mystery of the Madonna and Child by Bartolomeo Caporali, a piece of Mantegna culture in Umbria

When the wave of demanations that followed the Unification of Italy brought to the museums of Umbria a huge amount of works arriving en masse from the churches and convents of the territory, it is likely that animated discussions immediately arose am...
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Continuing to rediscover Anselmo Bucci. Vittoriale's significant exhibition

Continuing to rediscover Anselmo Bucci. Vittoriale's significant exhibition

A small volume published in 1943 preserves the faded memory of the visit that Anselmo Bucci reserved for the Vittoriale ten years earlier: it was printed by Giorgio Nicodemi, an art historian, a tireless contributor to Emporium, bound to Gabriele d'A...
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Imitatio, tempus, vanitas. The art of Bertozzi & Casoni.

Imitatio, tempus, vanitas. The art of Bertozzi & Casoni.

Among the factories on the industrious industrial outskirts of Imola, at the edge of an interminable sequence of cultivated fields that accompany the highway towards Forlì and the shores of Romagna, hides the factory that sees the birth of...
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Piero di Cosimo's Magdalene, a lady in the guise of a saint

Piero di Cosimo's Magdalene, a lady in the guise of a saint

When she first reveals herself to the visitor to Palazzo Barberini, Piero di Cosimo's Magdalene appears as an image so startling, so unexpected, so modern that she does not even look like a work of the 15th century. And she is so real and ali...
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This is where the Renaissance began. The exhibition for the 600th anniversary of Masaccio's Triptych of San Giovenale

This is where the Renaissance began. The exhibition for the 600th anniversary of Masaccio's Triptych of San Giovenale

The birth certificate of Renaissance painting is not to be sought, as one might imagine, within the walls of Florence, under Giotto's bell tower, in the shadow of Brunelleschi's dome. As far as we know, Florence was not the first recipient of...
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The versatile originality of Grechetto: the Nativity of St. Luke in Genoa

The versatile originality of Grechetto: the Nativity of St. Luke in Genoa

"An alchemist capable of recreating, within his paintings, an alternative reality." This is how Giacomo Montanari defines one of the greatest champions of the Genoese seventeenth century, that Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, known to all as "...
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On the case of Trieste's museums. The real problem? The habits of the administrations

On the case of Trieste's museums. The real problem? The habits of the administrations

Those familiar with the administrative machinery that moves most of Italy's civic museums will not have been seized with excesses of astonishment upon reading the news of the alleged abolition of the position of "director of the Trieste Civic...
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Guido Cagnacci. The senses and the spirit

Guido Cagnacci. The senses and the spirit

Swollen salumeria tits, prominent nipples, skin full of buttery health: these are some of the images that Arbasino, in Fratelli d'Italia, associates with the procubescent, seductive and buxom women who populate in large numbers the painting...
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Interview with Marco Pierini: "Here is the new National Gallery of Umbria."

Interview with Marco Pierini: "Here is the new National Gallery of Umbria."

After exactly one year of work, the National Gallery of Umbria reopens to the public on July 1, 2022 with a totally renovated layout, and many new features some of which are extremely original and innovative (at this link the article with det...
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Atalanta and Hippomenes, a manifesto of beauty by Guido Reni

Atalanta and Hippomenes, a manifesto of beauty by Guido Reni

A great expert on things Emilian of the seventeenth century which was, nomen omen, the great Andrea Emiliani, wrote that one has long misunderstood the so-called "taste of the Bolognese," one has considered it harmony that almost exceeded aca...
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This is why the divine Michelangelo was named after him. A suggestion with Giuliano Amidei's triptych.

This is why the divine Michelangelo was named after him. A suggestion with Giuliano Amidei's triptych.

We are in the sanctum sanctorum, I am told as soon as one enters the last room of the Palazzo del Podestà of Caprese, a severe and square stone building over which the shadows of the mountains of the Valtiberina stretch. Here, in this bare...
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Giorgio Belloni's La Mareggiata, a verista with the soul of a poet

Giorgio Belloni's La Mareggiata, a verista with the soul of a poet

He was a painter from Lombardy, Giorgio Belloni: born in Codogno, studied at the Brera Academy following Giuseppe Bertini and admiring Filippo Carcano, an early part of his career spent between Milan and the Veneto. How much further one coul...
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The mysterious, slow and crazy theater of Wainer Vaccari

The mysterious, slow and crazy theater of Wainer Vaccari

The shadow of an intimate and deep mystery envelops Wainer Vaccari's most recent works. Not that the Modenese artist in the past had accustomed the public to works more agile to probe: Since the beginning of his career, on which has always we...
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The Many Souls from Futurist Aeropainting. The exhibition at the Labyrinth of the Masone

The Many Souls from Futurist Aeropainting. The exhibition at the Labyrinth of the Masone

The exhibition on Futurist aeropainting that is on view until July 3 at the Labirinto della Masone in Fontanellato has explicit and declared aims of completeness: Dall'alto. Aeropittura futurista (From Above. Futurist Aeropainting), the exhi...
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Erasing peace to spread its seeds. Pacem in Terris by Emilio Isgrò

Erasing peace to spread its seeds. Pacem in Terris by Emilio Isgrò

John XXII was a man who saw the future. And he saw it clear and bright, alive and palpable in the radiance of a universal order reflected in the intentions and actions of the human beings who will inhabit the earth. A future where everywhere...
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Axel Hémery: "an honor to direct the National Art Gallery of Siena. Here's what we're going to do from now on."

Axel Hémery: "an honor to direct the National Art Gallery of Siena. Here's what we're going to do from now on."

Axel Hémery has been the new director of Siena's Pinacoteca Nazionale since March, the first since the Siena museum was granted autonomy. French, born in 1964, an art historian, he was director of the Musée des Augustins in To...
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Giovan Francesco Caroto, a Holy Family between Leonardo and Michelangelo

Giovan Francesco Caroto, a Holy Family between Leonardo and Michelangelo

It could be said that there was not just one Giovan Francesco Caroto: there were as many as the genres with which he tried his hand, the artists he approached, the experiences he gained during his many travels. Artist, in many ways, not so n...
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Tomoko Nagao's art between micropop and micropolitics

Tomoko Nagao's art between micropop and micropolitics

There was a discussion one day among friends, in front of some works by Tomoko Nagao, a Japanese artist born in Nagoya but who has been living and working in Milan for years, about what had been, for Japanese figurative culture, the most evi...
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Superbaroque in Rome. The Thousand Faces of the Seventeenth-Century Genoese at the Scuderie del Quirinale

Superbaroque in Rome. The Thousand Faces of the Seventeenth-Century Genoese at the Scuderie del Quirinale

Those who habitually frequent Genoa and are familiar with its treasures will certainly feel an unusual sensation as soon as they enter the Scuderie del Quirinale to immerse themselves in the Genoese Superbarocco, as per the title of the exhib...
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Turin, exceptional discovery: found the missing part of the Sabauda Sounder

Turin, exceptional discovery: found the missing part of the Sabauda Sounder

It is indeed an exceptional discovery that has been announced by the Caretto & Occhinegro Gallery in Turin: the antiquarians Massimiliano Caretto and Francesco Occhinegro have in fact made public the discovery of the Concerto by Antivedut...
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Not just Museum Night. We open museums at night all the time, all year round!

Not just Museum Night. We open museums at night all the time, all year round!

It is not so much the numbers that give an idea of the phenomenon: it is people's comments that give us the clearest evidence of what Museum Night was. True, there are the "record-breaking" figures, to use an expression dear to those who are...
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Pino Pascali's Great Reptile, the dinosaur that invites us not to take ourselves too seriously

Pino Pascali's Great Reptile, the dinosaur that invites us not to take ourselves too seriously

It is hard to think that one of the works of art that has become a symbol of the twentieth century in Livorno, Pino Pascali's Great Reptile , spent part of its existence buried in a basement. The City of Livorno had purchased it in 1967, a...
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Looking for the origins of Vasily Kandinsky's inspiration. The exhibition in Rovigo

Looking for the origins of Vasily Kandinsky's inspiration. The exhibition in Rovigo

In the last twenty years alone, nine exhibitions dedicated in various ways to Vasily Kandinsky have been counted in Italy, without mentioning the exhibition occasions built with his multiples, or those where the name of the great abstractioni...
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The Adoration of the Magi by Giovanni Bernardo Carbone, a Genoese between Van Dyck and Stomer

The Adoration of the Magi by Giovanni Bernardo Carbone, a Genoese between Van Dyck and Stomer

In the dense group of artists who gave life and form to the Genoese Baroque, one of the most reposed positions today, although it need not have been so in his time, is that occupied by Giovanni Bernardo Carbone, an artist known above all fo...
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The self-righteous Venice Biennale. A milk of dreams that looks to the past

The self-righteous Venice Biennale. A milk of dreams that looks to the past

Among the more than four hundred works that give body to The Milk of Dreams, the international exhibition of the 59th edition of the Venice Biennale, there is one that sums up all its contradictions: one encounters it shortly after the halfway poin...
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Giuseppe Cominetti's Conquerors of the Sun, a hymn to work and hope

Giuseppe Cominetti's Conquerors of the Sun, a hymn to work and hope

"That madman of a Cominetti whom in his youth no sage would have wanted for a friend" That artist "who dispersed in the obscure pages of little newspapers of the time, which no art magazine has handed down." This is how Giovanni Carandente, c...
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Tosatti and Viola's Italian Pavilion, perfect merry-go-round of fake fireflies and high fashion

Tosatti and Viola's Italian Pavilion, perfect merry-go-round of fake fireflies and high fashion

A frequent, continuous and melancholy sense of the sublime pervades the pages of Ermanno Rea's Dismissione, the novel that narrates the dismantling of Ilva di Bagnoli from the point of view of the technician in charge of waiting for the succe...
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But what is the point of moving the Fourth Estate to Florence to celebrate May 1?

But what is the point of moving the Fourth Estate to Florence to celebrate May 1?

The best comment is from a user of Florence Mayor Dario Nardella's Facebook page: refrain from any rhetoric about workers' struggles, and simply state the time and place of the exhibition with times, ticket costs and possible reductions. On t...
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Padua, the exhibition Dai Romantici a Segantini is a disaster and a missed opportunity

Padua, the exhibition Dai Romantici a Segantini is a disaster and a missed opportunity

To identify the exhibitions curated by Marco Goldin, the art historian-entrepreneur who for years has been grinding out thousands of visitors with his Linea d'Ombra exhibitions, a few years ago a very effective term was coined, "panettone exh...
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Modern painter, fine intellectual and talent scout. Vittore Grubicy on display in Livorno

Modern painter, fine intellectual and talent scout. Vittore Grubicy on display in Livorno

There has been a thread linking Livorno to Vittore Grubicy de Dragon for more than a hundred years, and it can perhaps be said that today there is no city that more than the Tuscan port is locked in such a strong relationship with the great point...
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That resurrected Christ of Marco Basaiti ... sitting around.

That resurrected Christ of Marco Basaiti ... sitting around.

It is quite strange that a Renaissance painter depicts the risen Christ not standing, in a triumphant position, tall and imperious in his divine glory, but seated, in a pose that could be called everyday, almost humble. Yet this is how the V...
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The achievements of a man who lived in the future. The exhibition on Lucio Fontana at the Magnani Rocca

The achievements of a man who lived in the future. The exhibition on Lucio Fontana at the Magnani Rocca

To enter Lucio Fontana's creative process, his thoughts and ideas, to grasp the seductive complexity of his work, the theoretical lucidity that sustains the beauty of his works, the motivations behind the sculptures, the holes, the cuts. To be gu...
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Manfredino di Alberto's San Michele, a bridge between Liguria and Tuscany in the Middle Ages

Manfredino di Alberto's San Michele, a bridge between Liguria and Tuscany in the Middle Ages

There is an important piece of Cimabuesque culture enclosed within the walls of the Museum of St. Augustine in Genoa. A detached fresco. The inscription at the base bears the name "Magister Manfredinus": it is a singular St. Michael painted in ...
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Donatello Contemporary Always. About the Palazzo Strozzi and Bargello exhibition.

Donatello Contemporary Always. About the Palazzo Strozzi and Bargello exhibition.

One could discuss for hours what Francesco Caglioti writes in the introduction to the catalog of his exhibition Donatello. The Renaissance, when he reiterates that art-historical research tends increasingly to move beyond the approach linked ...
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"La Madonnina quasi persiana" by Vitale degli Equi at the Poldi Pezzoli in Milan.

"La Madonnina quasi persiana" by Vitale degli Equi at the Poldi Pezzoli in Milan.

Roberto Longhi had called it "the almost Persian Madonnina who seems to be waiting to give the Child a lesson in the art of perfumes." Vitale degli Equi's Madonna and Child is indeed one of the most delightful objects in the Poldi Pezzoli Mus...
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Women in 16th-century Venice, according to Titian and beyond. The exhibition at the Royal Palace

Women in 16th-century Venice, according to Titian and beyond. The exhibition at the Royal Palace

There is good news and bad news that prepares visitors for their itinerary through the halls of Titian and the Image of Women in Sixteenth-Century Venice, the exhibition that, through works of considerable relevance (not only by Titian: there is ...
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"This is what the situation is like at the National Galleries of the Arts in Lviv."

"This is what the situation is like at the National Galleries of the Arts in Lviv."

The war in Ukraine at the moment is relatively far from Lviv (Lviv), a city close to the border with Poland, currently a kind of refuge for those leaving the cities most affected by the conflict. Lviv is also home to one of the country's most impor...
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Who was Federico Zeri. Milan's fine exhibition to learn about the great connoisseur

Who was Federico Zeri. Milan's fine exhibition to learn about the great connoisseur

On February 15, 1997, Federico Zeri wrote a letter to the collector who had purchased a splendid Rape of the Sabine Women, assigned to Sebastiano Ricci in an auction at Sotheby's in Munich some time earlier. "The painting examined here," co...
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No to censorship on Russian culture. Deleting Dostoevsky is grotesque

No to censorship on Russian culture. Deleting Dostoevsky is grotesque

It is this morning's news that the University of Milano-Bicocca has been caught up in the temptation not to have people talk about Russian culture: the writer Paolo Nori, a great expert on Russian literature, on his Instagram page, in a broke...
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Domenico Beccafumi's diverse Siena: the Trinity at the origins of Mannerism

Domenico Beccafumi's diverse Siena: the Trinity at the origins of Mannerism

It is a different Siena, that of Domenico Beccafumi. It is not the international and embattled Siena of the fourteenth century, the elegant and flowery Siena of the gilded painters from Guido and Duccio onward, the Siena that achieved that un...
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Three myths to dispel about the Renaissance (of the trivializations of Cecilia Alemani and Chiara Valerio)

Three myths to dispel about the Renaissance (of the trivializations of Cecilia Alemani and Chiara Valerio)

It will be a Venice Biennale "against the Renaissance," anticipates Chiara Valerio, who will sign one of the essays in the catalog of the international exhibition curated by Cecilia Alemani. That is, it will try to propose to the visitor a ...
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A Van Dyck in a small village in Liguria. The Crucifix of San Michele di Pagana

A Van Dyck in a small village in Liguria. The Crucifix of San Michele di Pagana

Silence is the element that more than any other illuminates the soul of San Michele di Pagana, a village of a few houses guarding a small landing place hidden among the pines and palm trees, along the short road from Rapallo to Santa Margheri...
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Abolish the Green Pass starting with museums, exhibitions and cultural venues

Abolish the Green Pass starting with museums, exhibitions and cultural venues

At last it seems to be no longer a forbidden topic to talk about the abolition of the Green Pass, and in this sense the latest openings of the members of the Technical-Scientific Committee and even some of the most televised scientists give h...
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The exhibition on Pietro Paolini and the painters of light: Lucca rediscovers its Caravaggesque painters

The exhibition on Pietro Paolini and the painters of light: Lucca rediscovers its Caravaggesque painters

1968 was a year of supreme importance for the city of Lucca: the National Museum of Villa Guinigi, acquired by the state twenty years earlier and subjected for two decades to the necessary restoration and arrangement of the collections, opened it...
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The saints who covered the triptych: Carlo Braccesco at the Diocesan Museum of Spezia

The saints who covered the triptych: Carlo Braccesco at the Diocesan Museum of Spezia

In the small and surprising Diocesan Museum of La Spezia, in what was once the nave of the ancient oratory of San Bernardino and is now the central room of the collection, a large glass case holds two fragments of canvas: they are wispy, fade...
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Carlo Levi and Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, a cultural and political friendship. The exhibition in Lucca

Carlo Levi and Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, a cultural and political friendship. The exhibition in Lucca

One of the lesser-known merits among the many that can be attributed to Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti is that he was among the first, if not the first, to make use of a historiographical method for a living artist. It happened in the immediate postwar ...
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Dismembering the Carrara Marble Museum: a project of cultural terraplatters. Here's why

Dismembering the Carrara Marble Museum: a project of cultural terraplatters. Here's why

It had already happened this summer in Rome, when Carlo Calenda wanted to get his hands on the Capitoline Museums, with the idea of dismembering them to make a mega-museum of only Roman antiquities by bringing together the collections of seve...
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The Grand Tour, Dreaming of Italy in the Eighteenth Century. The exhibition in Milan

The Grand Tour, Dreaming of Italy in the Eighteenth Century. The exhibition in Milan

The expression "Grand Tour" first appeared in 1670, in the writing of an English Catholic priest, Richard Lassels, who that year published a book in Paris, The Voyage of Italy, in which the cities, monuments, and buildings seen during a trip ...
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"Research-based innovation and entertainment: this is what Italian cultural institutions need." Umberto Pastore speaks

"Research-based innovation and entertainment: this is what Italian cultural institutions need." Umberto Pastore speaks

Operational since January 2021, one year after its establishment Creation has become one of the most interesting Italian entrepreneurial realities in the field of services for culture and cultural heritage: conceived by a group of partners wi...
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Verrocchio's "spectacular" Madonna of Santa Maria Nuova

Verrocchio's "spectacular" Madonna of Santa Maria Nuova

It took Verrocchio several years to reach the degree of technical perfection of the Madonna of Santa Maria Nuova, an exceptional terracotta relief that the public can admire today at the Bargello National Museum. And it took the world four ce...
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Are sponsor logos to be censored? No: let's strike a balance

Are sponsor logos to be censored? No: let's strike a balance

Can one speak of a city for sale if, at the end of a light show that uses a monument as a screen for projections, one witnesses for a few seconds the passage of the logo of those who paid for that show? The fact is well known: a lively contro...
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Badiucao, the dissident Chinese artist, speaks: 'let's go back to making art connected to people'

Badiucao, the dissident Chinese artist, speaks: 'let's go back to making art connected to people'

He calls himself "Badiucao," but no one knows his name. He is the Chinese artist who defies censorship by the government of China, which is why he is forced to live in Australia, in exile. Until Feb. 13, 2022, he is the protagonist of the exh...
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Plautilla Bricci, the first female architect in history: what the exhibition in Rome looks like

Plautilla Bricci, the first female architect in history: what the exhibition in Rome looks like

To get an idea of how difficult it was in the seventeenth century for a woman to rise to the highest echelons of art, one need only scroll through the Catalogue of the Academicians of San Luca compiled by Giuseppe Ghezzi in the late seventeen...
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Caravaggio, Artemisia and the Others. Judith Revolution: the exhibition in Rome

Caravaggio, Artemisia and the Others. Judith Revolution: the exhibition in Rome

Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi: two names that, if placed at the head of the title of any exhibition review, would probably suffice alone to guarantee its success. And so it would seem to be for Caravaggio and Artemisia. The Challenge o...
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Statue of a woman in Prato della Valle in Padua: why not? Three possible names

Statue of a woman in Prato della Valle in Padua: why not? Three possible names

Can one add the statue of a woman in Prato della Valle in Padua, the city's marvelous secular pantheon, where, however, the monuments, with the exception of the small bust of Gaspara Stampa flanking Andrea Briosco's statue, celebrate exclusiv...
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Light that makes the finite visible. The Gleam of Claudio Olivieri

Light that makes the finite visible. The Gleam of Claudio Olivieri

With his painting, Claudio Olivieri sought to give form to the invisible. One could summarize in this way, certainly trivializing but giving back a glaring and effective image, much of the research of the great Roman artist by birth, Mantuan by...
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Here are the artists to bet on. Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo speaks.

Here are the artists to bet on. Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo speaks.

President of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation in Turin, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is one of the leading figures in Italian contemporary art: a patron who is very attentive to Italian and international art scenarios, in the foundation...
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Is the St. John the Baptist on display in Camaiore by Caravaggio?

Is the St. John the Baptist on display in Camaiore by Caravaggio?

Naples, July 29, 1610. Deodato Gentile, bishop of Caserta, writes a letter to Cardinal Scipione Borghese informing him that Michelangelo Merisi, the Caravaggio, has died at Porto Ercole, "where he fell ill and left his life." The "felluca" th...
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This is why the discovery of the tomb of the prince of Corinaldo is exceptional

This is why the discovery of the tomb of the prince of Corinaldo is exceptional

Until Jan. 30, 2022, the Pinacoteca Comunale "Claudio Ridolfi" (Municipal Art Gallery) in Corinaldo (Ancona) is hosting the exhibition The Treasure Found. The Tomb of the Prince of Corinaldo, an exhibition that recounts the important archaeologic...
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Synthesis of Venus in an exhibition of 46 works. Nature, shadow and beauty at Palazzo Te

Synthesis of Venus in an exhibition of 46 works. Nature, shadow and beauty at Palazzo Te

Mnemosyne was the name of the Greek goddess of memory. Aby Warburg, who pronounced it the Greek way, with the accent on the ipsilon, had it installed, in huge Greek characters, at the entrance to his library in Hamburg. More importantly, he had...
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Orazio Riminaldi's study for the Assumption, one of the most beautiful faces of the seventeenth century

Orazio Riminaldi's study for the Assumption, one of the most beautiful faces of the seventeenth century

It is not taken for granted that the public of museums and exhibitions dwells at length on the preparatory studies of a work, on sketches, drawings, models, on everything that the artist elaborated before arriving at the finished product. We ar...
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Equals and Unequals: the scenarios of Italian art in an unmissable exhibition in Carrara

Equals and Unequals: the scenarios of Italian art in an unmissable exhibition in Carrara

The deep cultural gloom that has enveloped Carrara for too long is occasionally illuminated by flashes of lightning coming from a well-defined source: the 18th-century rooms of Vôtre at the Palazzo del Medico, at the moment the only space ...
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"The ninth edition of Flashback? Exciting!" Stefania Poddighe and Ginevra Pucci speak.

"The ninth edition of Flashback? Exciting!" Stefania Poddighe and Ginevra Pucci speak.

Edition number IX of Flashback, Turin's ancient and contemporary art fair, was held this year from November 4 to 7, in a new venue, the former Dogali Barracks, but as always with a selection of high-quality exhibitors. The numbers exceeded ex...
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Ludovico Mazzolino's Holy Family, between monkeys and classical architecture

Ludovico Mazzolino's Holy Family, between monkeys and classical architecture

For Giovanni Morelli, Ludovico Mazzolino was "der Glühwurm unter den Malern," as he called him in his Kunstkritische Studien über italienische Malerei: the "firefly of painters." The reason why is quickly said: because of his "wonde...
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Simone Verde: "Pilotta, the time for reconstruction is coming to an end: let's start the time for research"

Simone Verde: "Pilotta, the time for reconstruction is coming to an end: let's start the time for research"

Four years into his tenure as director of the Complesso della Pilotta in Parma, Simone Verde takes stock of the main activities of the past few months, which are leading toward the end of construction and into a new phase for the museum: that...
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How is it possible that a Bassano masterpiece that was in Italy was bought by the Getty?

How is it possible that a Bassano masterpiece that was in Italy was bought by the Getty?

From the Facebook group Le Connoisseur, always diligent and a source of interesting ideas, comes, on the part of administrator Lorenzo Barbato, a report of a piece of news that has not been talked about in Italy and that has instead obtained ...
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A saint, an "elegant and learned" woman: Barbara Longhi and her Catherine of Alexandria

A saint, an "elegant and learned" woman: Barbara Longhi and her Catherine of Alexandria

In a beautiful mural that occupies one wall of the refectory of what was once the convent of the Camaldolese monks of Ravenna, now home to the Classense Library, is painted the Gospel episode of the Marriage at Cana, the work of the Ravenna-b...
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Inferno at the Scuderie del Quirinale, perhaps the most powerful and visionary exhibition in recent years

Inferno at the Scuderie del Quirinale, perhaps the most powerful and visionary exhibition in recent years

In one of his most recent books, L'hiver de la culture, Jean Clair recalled a visit to the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in Paris, in the company of a young Canadian art historian, a museum curator, who was crossing the Atlantic fo...
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Growth, inclusion, openness. What the Tridentine Diocesan Museum has been in recent years.

Growth, inclusion, openness. What the Tridentine Diocesan Museum has been in recent years.

As we wait to see what the Tridentine Diocesan Museum will look like under the new director, economist Michele Andreaus, it is interesting to turn the lights back on the path the Trent institution has taken in recent years, for several reason...
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When Giottesque culture arrived in Mantua. The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine

When Giottesque culture arrived in Mantua. The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine

It is difficult, with the Renaissance splendors that invade the collective imagination whenever one thinks of the arts in Mantua, to imagine that the city had a fruitful artistic life even before the arrival of the various Mantegna, Leon Bat...
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Giotto, Dante and Cimabue arrive on the Gulf of Poets. Lia Museum exhibition.

Giotto, Dante and Cimabue arrive on the Gulf of Poets. Lia Museum exhibition.

Lunigiana, as is well known, is a land dotted with Dante's traces, albeit fragmentary and with few certain data. We do know for sure that Dante, on the morning of October 6, 1306, was in Sarzana, in Piazza della Calcandola, today's Piazza de...
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What the exhibitions of the future will look like: more inclusive, digital and environmentally conscious. Interview with Bernadine Wieder

What the exhibitions of the future will look like: more inclusive, digital and environmentally conscious. Interview with Bernadine Wieder

What will exhibitions look like in the future? Big blockbuster exhibitions again? Small thematic insights? How much will immersiveness count? Will exhibitions know how to integrate digital, respect multiple points of view, take into account the n...
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An intimate and human Dante. The admirable vision" exhibition at the Bargello Museum in Florence.

An intimate and human Dante. The admirable vision" exhibition at the Bargello Museum in Florence.

A portrait filled with "sensitivity, kindness, love, and a demeanor that breathes the spirit of the Vita Nova." These are the words that Mary Shelley, in 1844, used to comment on the fresco with the portrait of Dante Alighieri that had recent...
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Among the mountains of Trentino, an enigmatic Last Supper: Ferdinando Valdambrini in Tiarno di Sotto

Among the mountains of Trentino, an enigmatic Last Supper: Ferdinando Valdambrini in Tiarno di Sotto

Tiarno di Sotto is a quiet hamlet of just a few houses nestled among the meadows of the Ledro valley, in that part of Trentino where the inhabitants' speech has the narrow, closed, sharp sounds of the dialects of the Lombard valleys. Together...
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Michele Chiossi: "Finally, art has also restarted. But we need to work harder and better."

Michele Chiossi: "Finally, art has also restarted. But we need to work harder and better."

With Art Week in Milan, we can officially say that the contemporary art world is back in full swing, live. Among theartists in pole position is Michele Chiossi (Lucca, 1970), one of the most well-known and interesting names in contemporary marb...
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John Anthony Cybei at last: the first monographic exhibition of the great forgotten sculptor

John Anthony Cybei at last: the first monographic exhibition of the great forgotten sculptor

After years of waiting, Carrara finally welcomes the first monographic exhibition on Giovanni Antonio Cybei (Carrara, 1706 - 1784), one of the greatest artists the city has produced, and who had never before been able to boast of an exhibition ...
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Faith Galicia, the first time of the "admirable pittoressa," on display in Trent

Faith Galicia, the first time of the "admirable pittoressa," on display in Trent

The story of Fede Galizia, wrote Flavio Caroli in the most important monograph dedicated to the Lombard painter of Trentino origins, possesses "a wholly singular importance, which it would be improper not to define as avant-garde throughout...
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Antonio Addamiano: "Italian art has great potential, like fashion. But we don't exploit it."

Antonio Addamiano: "Italian art has great potential, like fashion. But we don't exploit it."

With the return of art fairs in attendance, we are back to discussing the market landscape and the Italian scene. Among the protagonists of recent times is certainly Milan's Dep Art Gallery, among the most active even during the pandemic and ready ...
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Giampaolo Abbondio: "in Italy we have excellent contemporary artists: let's support them"

Giampaolo Abbondio: "in Italy we have excellent contemporary artists: let's support them"

Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio is one of the most active galleries in recent months: bucking the market trends, it has recently moved its headquarters to Todi, has just returned from Miart (the first fair in attendance in Europe since the beginn...
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Alessandro Tiarini's Rinaldo e Armida: a translation in pictures by Torquato Tasso

Alessandro Tiarini's Rinaldo e Armida: a translation in pictures by Torquato Tasso

It is difficult to say which seventeenth-century painter was best able to translate into images the verses of Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata . If, however, one were to point to the artist who most passionately approached Tasso's univer...
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Bernardo Strozzi's Miracle of San Diego: one of the artist's "happiest creations"

Bernardo Strozzi's Miracle of San Diego: one of the artist's "happiest creations"

The circumstances of the "discovery" of the Miracle of St. Diego, a painting that ranks among the most unusual and valuable that Bernardo Strozzi's inspiration ever produced, are at least fortuitous. It was the art historian Gustavo Frizzoni ...
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Between wind, saltiness and thoughts. The Libecciata of Giovanni Fattori

Between wind, saltiness and thoughts. The Libecciata of Giovanni Fattori

Curzio Malaparte, in his Maledetti toscani, said that the libeccio is not a home wind. It is the humid, hot wind that comes from the southwest: it blows especially in summer, rises suddenly, lashing the coast with violent gusts that cut the...
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From Kabul speaks the director of the National Museum of Afghanistan: "we are safe but there is a lot of uncertainty"

From Kabul speaks the director of the National Museum of Afghanistan: "we are safe but there is a lot of uncertainty"

Exclusive interview by Windows on Art. Last August 15, after 20 years, Afghanistan returned under the control of the Taliban, who entered Kabul that very day. The world now fears that there could be a repeat of the scenes of destruction and looti...
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Calenda deal with economics and leave museology alone. 10 reasons against his mega-museum

Calenda deal with economics and leave museology alone. 10 reasons against his mega-museum

Transforming the Capitoline Museums into a large museum of the history of Rome that would bring together the collections of the various institutes that today preserve Roman antiquities in the capital (National Roman Museum, Museum of Romana, Ce...
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Italian art? We are at an all-time low. Gian Enzo Sperone speaks.

Italian art? We are at an all-time low. Gian Enzo Sperone speaks.

A life between the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean, a gallery that has been a landmark in world art for decades, a collector who has collected art from every era, from archaeological finds to gold backgrounds, from great seventeenth-century p...
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A summit of modernity by Orazio Gentileschi: the Vision of Francesca Romana

A summit of modernity by Orazio Gentileschi: the Vision of Francesca Romana

There are two hagiographies of St. Frances Romana that narrate a precise episode, which occurred on September 6, 1431, when the Roman mystic, born Francesca Bussa de' Leoni, was sixty-seven years old: while listening to Mass in the church of Sa...
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Ludovico Brea's Ascension: the golden triumph of the Ligurian Renaissance

Ludovico Brea's Ascension: the golden triumph of the Ligurian Renaissance

Two and a half meters of panel filled and overflowing with gold, refined colors, and skillfully calculated harmonies. Ludovico Brea'sAscension will bring to the mind of some the balanced balances of a Piero della Francesca, to the memories of...
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Looking at the pandemic through a cover. 49 Italian artists on display in Massa

Looking at the pandemic through a cover. 49 Italian artists on display in Massa

"The constraints of confinement have led each of us to question our lifestyles, our true needs, our aspirations, repressed in those who suffer a closed condition between home and work, forgotten in those who enjoy a less enslaved life, and masked g...
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A beach that is colored with sound. Moses Levy's "Tidal Wave."

A beach that is colored with sound. Moses Levy's "Tidal Wave."

There are paintings to be heard as well as seen: paintings that have such evocative power that they lead us to imagine the voices and noises of what the painter has decided to show us on canvas. The synaesthetic power of Moses Levy's painting...
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How the state let a masterpiece by Parmigianino slip under its nose

How the state let a masterpiece by Parmigianino slip under its nose

The opportunity was one that rarely happens: the most important work in private hands by one of the greatest artists in Italian art history put on the market at a more than affordable price. Last July 8, at Christie's Old Masters Evening Sale, Pa...
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Beato Angelico's Annunciation of Cortona: divine light reflecting on earth

Beato Angelico's Annunciation of Cortona: divine light reflecting on earth

What place does Beato Angelico occupy in the development of Italian art? Pavel Pavlovič Muratov asked that question in 1929. And it is a question to which many scholars, more or less explicitly, have attempted to give an answer, tr...
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Domenico Fiasella's St. Lazarus: a masterpiece of "Caravaggism revisited" to drive out the plague

Domenico Fiasella's St. Lazarus: a masterpiece of "Caravaggism revisited" to drive out the plague

In that thin strip of plain on the border between Tuscany and Liguria, squeezed between the hills on one side and the sea on the other, the traveler driving along the Aurelia moving toward Sarzana will notice at a certain point, among the bus...
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The Ladies of Art in Milan: merits and limitations of the exhibition on women artists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

The Ladies of Art in Milan: merits and limitations of the exhibition on women artists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

By a fortuitous coincidence, the rich exhibition Le Signore dell'arte, the show with which Palazzo Reale in Milan composes a fragrant anthology of women's painting between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, falls exactly fifty years after the p...
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A delicate Umbrian artist of the 14th century: the Crucifixion of the Master of Fossa

A delicate Umbrian artist of the 14th century: the Crucifixion of the Master of Fossa

One cannot say one has known Umbria without having seen Umbrian painting. And similarly, it is difficult to approach Umbrian painting without ever having been to the region: there are perhaps few areas in Italy where the relationship between ...
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Placers at the museum. Taranto: when the museum chases the influencer, and does it badly

Placers at the museum. Taranto: when the museum chases the influencer, and does it badly

"Placemakers in a modern, social version" at the museum. So read the press release of the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto (MArTA), later retracted, presenting to the public the Bellezze al museo initiative, a tour by the entrepreneu...
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"A healthy and serene art. Hector Titus' July

"A healthy and serene art. Hector Titus' July

In the 1894 guide to the Esposizioni Riunite in Milan, it could be read that Ettore Tito's paintings were not capable of drawing the public's attention d' embl&e acute;e: "they are not large in size, nor are they of new or eccentric subject m...
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Dante in Forli, an exhibition that is like an encyclopedia on Dante in art history

Dante in Forli, an exhibition that is like an encyclopedia on Dante in art history

There is a rather precise moment in the course of history when it is possible to identify the prodromes of the construction of today's Dante myth. The Dante cult, in other words, has a place and a date of birth, namely late 18th-century Engla...
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A violent struggle that is almost a dance. The Rape of the Sabine Women by Girolamo Mirola

A violent struggle that is almost a dance. The Rape of the Sabine Women by Girolamo Mirola

We know very little about Girolamo Mirola, and one of the few certainties about him is his very close proximity to that great painter who was a kind of his alter ego, the Parma-born Jacopo Zanguidi, known as Bertoja: in recent art historiogra...
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The Aesthetics of the Clumsy. Rome's Porchetta, Turin's Bull, Carrara's Vanity.

The Aesthetics of the Clumsy. Rome's Porchetta, Turin's Bull, Carrara's Vanity.

Per the Treccani dictionary, the adjective "clumsy" means "anything that shows clumsiness, timidity, lack of ease," or can refer to anything that is "lacking in grace, elegance, harmony, such that it is almost ridiculous." Clumsy is, in essen...
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Guido Cagnacci's Magdalene Taken to Heaven: the flesh and the spirit

Guido Cagnacci's Magdalene Taken to Heaven: the flesh and the spirit

We know a good part of the biographical story of Guido Cagnacci, the great Romagna artist, thanks to a nucleus of letters and documents collected in the mid-18th century by a Rimini painter, Giovanni Battista Costa, who called Cagnacci an "excellen...
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To pander to "decorum" fixation, Brunelleschi's churchyard is defaced in Santo Spirito

To pander to "decorum" fixation, Brunelleschi's churchyard is defaced in Santo Spirito

It is well known that the policies of decorum so dear to bourgeois respectability have produced, over the years, ircocervi that should be monstrous to anyone who does not yet want to surrender to the idea that our cities should be the mirror of the...
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Silvestro Lega's Pergola: the Macchiaioli poetry of tranquility

Silvestro Lega's Pergola: the Macchiaioli poetry of tranquility

It is curious to know that today we refer to Silvestro Lega's best-known masterpiece with a title that its author never heard of in his entire life. And it is even surprising to realize that we know nothing about the first fifty years of this...
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A world 27 cm high: the predella of the Griffoni Polyptych, a masterpiece by Ercole de' Roberti

A world 27 cm high: the predella of the Griffoni Polyptych, a masterpiece by Ercole de' Roberti

If one were to take a few minutes in a museum or church to observe the typical behavior of the public in front of a polyptych, one would find that there is a large number of visitors who pay little attention to the predella, observe it with a...
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Rolli Days: how to make people understand the value of heritage to our lives. Giacomo Montanari speaks

Rolli Days: how to make people understand the value of heritage to our lives. Giacomo Montanari speaks

Rolli Days in Genoa, the event that twice a year (in spring and fall) opens for two days to the public the doors of the main historical palaces of Genoa, a UNESCO World Heritage Unesco World Heritage Site (with special events, extraordinary...
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A face impossible to forget. Tanzio da Varallo's David, between Testori and Rimbaud.

A face impossible to forget. Tanzio da Varallo's David, between Testori and Rimbaud.

Giovanni Testori was right: it is impossible to forget the faces of Tanzio da Varallo's two Davids . Especially of the less ancient one, the very blond teenager that Tanzio painted around 1625, of the two the one with the more ephebic face: "...
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This is how Dante was first condemned and then rehabilitated. The Bargello Museum's exhibition

This is how Dante was first condemned and then rehabilitated. The Bargello Museum's exhibition

An exhibition that sets out to reknit the threads between Dante Alighieri and Florence, reconstructing the process of reappropriation to which the poet was subjected in the years following his death, and following the dissemination of his wri...
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Those cuts that make us venture into the real. On the Expectations of Lucio Fontana

Those cuts that make us venture into the real. On the Expectations of Lucio Fontana

There is one element of Lucio Fontana that can put everyone in agreement, one element of his art that perhaps even his increasingly scattered detractors might be ready to acknowledge: the great theoretical lucidity that has always motivated every s...
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When a chicken becomes an innovative work of art. Interview with Koen Vanmechelen

When a chicken becomes an innovative work of art. Interview with Koen Vanmechelen

Koen Vanmechelen (Sint-Truiden, 1965), one of the leading contemporary Belgian artists with several major exhibitions around the world to his credit, has been pursuing the unique project The Cosmopolitan Chicken Projectsince 1999 : it is a proj...
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Abolish mandatory reservations on holidays for museums

Abolish mandatory reservations on holidays for museums

Museums continue to be one of the places where there is the least risk of Covid-19 infection: we have been saying this on these pages since April of last year, and the fact that no museum has so far proved to be a place where the infection ha...
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A brutal, verist Renaissance. Donatello's Magdalene

A brutal, verist Renaissance. Donatello's Magdalene

Within the scientifically and rationally defined space of Renaissance perspective throbs the restless soul of man with all its contradictions, weaknesses, and opposites. The reading that Massimo Cacciari offers of fifteenth-century Humanism i...
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Gianfranco Ferroni's waste: the other side of Pop Art

Gianfranco Ferroni's waste: the other side of Pop Art

In Gianfranco Ferroni's art, there is a before and there is an after. And the watershed is the 1968 Venice Biennale. It is June 18, the day when the preview of the great international exhibition opens: in St. Mark's Square, which is not yet a...
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"Almost as unbelievable as a church painting." Simon Vouet and his Saint Francis Tempted

"Almost as unbelievable as a church painting." Simon Vouet and his Saint Francis Tempted

Exactly one hundred years ago, in 1921, the physiologist Mariano Luigi Patrizi published a booklet that attempted a psychological reconstruction of Caravaggio's personality from his works: it was entitled Un pittore criminale (A Criminal Painte...
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Cardelli & Fontana: "online and new ways of working: this is how we resisted Covid"

Cardelli & Fontana: "online and new ways of working: this is how we resisted Covid"

How has Covid's pandemic year been for a small- to medium-sized gallery? What were the innovations? How has online helped? We asked the historic Cardelli & Fontana Gallery in Sarzana, in business since 1980. Here are the answers from the ...
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Imbalances and culture serving tourism: Recovery Plan, more could have been done

Imbalances and culture serving tourism: Recovery Plan, more could have been done

A little more than six and a half billion euros is a figure of substantial proportions for the culture sector: the 6.675 billion that the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRP) will make available to culture corresponds to a little more ...
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Giorgio Kienerk's Silence as a response to endure the hardships of reality

Giorgio Kienerk's Silence as a response to endure the hardships of reality

"In ancient times religions and philosophies did not live except by silence: they knew and observed the necessity of silence. Those that shunned that necessity, those were always misunderstood deformed profaned disheartened." In his Secret Bo...
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Why it is wrong to reduce everything to closers vs. openers. The example of culture

Why it is wrong to reduce everything to closers vs. openers. The example of culture

Even among those involved in culture there is perceived, in these hours, a strong hostility to the April 26 reopenings, seen from many quarters as a cession of the government to the "aperturist right" (I quote Tomaso Montanari). I believe tha...
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When Sebastiano del Piombo allied with Michelangelo for a masterpiece: the Pieta of Viterbo

When Sebastiano del Piombo allied with Michelangelo for a masterpiece: the Pieta of Viterbo

The Albertina in Vienna preserves a drawing, widely attributed to Michelangelo, with some studies of intertwined hands: in the exact center of the sheet, well detached from everything else, stands a male torso, with arms folded and hands join...
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Ecce Homo, Antonio Vannugli: "I have strong doubts that it is a Caravaggio painting."

Ecce Homo, Antonio Vannugli: "I have strong doubts that it is a Caravaggio painting."

In recent days, several scholars have been very vocal about the possible Caravaggesque autography of an Ecce Homo that was about to go to auction in Madrid at the Ansorena house. However, there are also those who maintain a much more cautious...
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Joseph Mentessi's "Sad Vision": the secular ordeal of forgotten workers

Joseph Mentessi's "Sad Vision": the secular ordeal of forgotten workers

Bava Beccaris' savage cannons had raged with senseless brutality on the workers who had taken to the streets of Milan to demonstrate and protest against the rising price of bread. The general's bloody artillery had left dozens dead and hundre...
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Caravaggio, Rossella Vodret: "here's why this Ecce Homo could be his"

Caravaggio, Rossella Vodret: "here's why this Ecce Homo could be his"

It is one of the most important discoveries of recent times: theEcce Homo that was about to go to auction in Madrid at Ansorena (story here) and was blocked before the sale because it was recognized by several scholars as a possible autograph b...
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The Christ of Santi di Tito who rose twice

The Christ of Santi di Tito who rose twice

There are actually two resurrections to be admired in the superb masterpiece that Santi di Tito painted for the Medici altar in the basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, the place where the panel is still preserved today. The first is the subj...
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A poem by Valentino Zeichen for Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation.

A poem by Valentino Zeichen for Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation.

Literary critics have never been particularly tender with Storia dell'arte italiana in poesia, the anthology that, in 1990, Plinio Perilli assembled in an attempt to compile a history of art in verse, either with poems taken from already publ...
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Interview with Giulio Paolini: "the art of the past is not yet and will never be past"

Interview with Giulio Paolini: "the art of the past is not yet and will never be past"

Giulio Paolini (Genoa, 1940) is the protagonist of a new exhibition at the Alfonso Artiaco Gallery in Naples: titled Fuori quadro, the show exhibits eight works, four of which were made for the occasion, along with several previously unpublis...
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A garland of primroses in stone: the Spring of Benedetto Antelami

A garland of primroses in stone: the Spring of Benedetto Antelami

The image of spring, in Benedetto Antelami's sculpture, takes the form of an elegant, somewhat haughty young woman, dressed in a long tunic cinched at the waist by a leather girdle, and on her shoulders a cloak that defends her from the last ...
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When art is Instagram-friendly. JR and institutional street art at Palazzo Strozzi

When art is Instagram-friendly. JR and institutional street art at Palazzo Strozzi

"L'histoire de l'art depuis cent ans est l'histoire de ce qui est photographiable," the history of art of the last hundred years is the history of what is photographable. André Malraux said this in his 1947 Le Musée imaginaire, and his ...
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Raphael according to Roberto Longhi. From early iconoclasm to reevaluation.

Raphael according to Roberto Longhi. From early iconoclasm to reevaluation.

The recently concluded five-hundredth anniversary of Raphael has not been short of opportunities to bring to the public's attention even the critical fortune that the Urbino, for centuries, has known almost interrupted, and in this sense ...
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That gardener who is actually a farmer: Van Gogh's "Italian" masterpiece

That gardener who is actually a farmer: Van Gogh's "Italian" masterpiece

There are precise reasons why there are only three works by Vincent van Gogh in Italian public collections: the Gardener and theArlesian in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome, and the Breton Women in the Galleria ...
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Love, death and flowers. The brevity of life according to Genovesino

Love, death and flowers. The brevity of life according to Genovesino

Luigi Lanzi wrote, in his Storia pittorica d'Italia (Pictorial History of Italy), that Genovesino succeeded in all themes, but especially in the "most horrific" ones. It is difficult to blame the abbot when one admires certain vanitas by the Liguri...
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The wood gatherers who did not know they gave birth to the modern Italian landscape

The wood gatherers who did not know they gave birth to the modern Italian landscape

In 1919, a 31-year-old Giorgio De Chirico published in Valori Plastici a ferocious account of his visit to what is now the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. For the young painter, it was probably a distressing and masochistic e...
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German, young, competent, knowledgeable. On the appointment of Gabriel Zuchtriegel to Pompeii.

German, young, competent, knowledgeable. On the appointment of Gabriel Zuchtriegel to Pompeii.

I cannot recall a more controversial appointment of director of a cultural site than the one that invested Gabriel Zuchtriegel with the role of director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. I remember, of course, equally heated debates when the...
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"The most beautiful panel by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in existence": the Madonna of Milk in Siena

"The most beautiful panel by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in existence": the Madonna of Milk in Siena

It was a midwinter day in 1879 when Charles Fairfax Murray entered the church of San Francesco in Siena with the specific intention of going to see a work by Ambrogio Lorenzetti that was kept there, in the chapel of the Archbishop's Seminary....
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The demise of a ruling class: the Genoese "Detention" of Alessandro Magnasco

The demise of a ruling class: the Genoese "Detention" of Alessandro Magnasco

Don't be fooled by the title. There is little that is lighthearted or delightful about that Trattenimento in un giardino di Albaro that stands out in Room 23 of Palazzo Tursi in Genoa, Ga: even a painting that seemingly guides us among the am...
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Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space. The conquest of the fourth dimension

Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space. The conquest of the fourth dimension

To fully understand the revolutionary scope of Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, Umberto Boccioni's masterpiece, one might start with Lucio Fontana and his Technical Manifesto of Spatialism: "Futurism adopts movement as its principle and only ...
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Edith Gabrielli (Vittoriano and Palazzo Venezia): we will do organic work on the two museums

Edith Gabrielli (Vittoriano and Palazzo Venezia): we will do organic work on the two museums

Edith Gabrielli has been the first director since September of the new autonomous museum in Rome that unites the Vittoriano and Palazzo Venezia. These are two institutes Gabrielli knows very well, since they were part of the Polo Museale ...
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Stefano L'Occaso (Ducal Palace Mantua): "restoration and new layouts: what we're going to do to the museum."

Stefano L'Occaso (Ducal Palace Mantua): "restoration and new layouts: what we're going to do to the museum."

Stefano L'Occaso has been the new director of the Ducal Palace in Mantua since November, having won the international competition that named him as Peter Assmann's successor. L'Occaso, a Roman but Mantuan by adoption (he has in fact been in...
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A masterpiece of sweetness and minuteness: Pinturicchio's Madonna of Peace

A masterpiece of sweetness and minuteness: Pinturicchio's Madonna of Peace

Guido Piovene, perhaps the greatest of Italian travel writers, described the Madonna of Peace as "the best picture painted by Pinturicchio." The choice is a tough one: Bernardino di Betto was a sublime artist; it is difficult to say which of the ...
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Cioni Carpi and Gianni Melotti. Experimentations between photography and language

Cioni Carpi and Gianni Melotti. Experimentations between photography and language

The 1980 Venice Biennial catalog inserts Cioni Carpi (Eugenio Carpi de' Resmini; Milan, 1923 - 2011) in a group of artists who "have worked since the late 1960s with insistence on the media of large-scale communication, experimenting with a d...
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Francesca Cappelletti (Borghese Gallery): 'our museum must be a living organism'

Francesca Cappelletti (Borghese Gallery): 'our museum must be a living organism'

Art historian Francesca Cappelletti was appointed in September as the new director of the Borghese Gallery, and took office in her role a few weeks ago. Cappelletti was already a member of the Gallery's scientific committee and has a long exp...
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Pessimism and Optimism: the futurist clash of two forces in Giacomo Balla's masterpiece

Pessimism and Optimism: the futurist clash of two forces in Giacomo Balla's masterpiece

Contrary to what one might at first think, there is no elaborate philosophical framework underlying Pessimism and Optimism, the masterpiece to which Giacomo Balla devoted at least five years of research. There is, however, a firm intention: t...
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ArtReview's Power 100: aesthetics sacrificed in the name of morality

ArtReview's Power 100: aesthetics sacrificed in the name of morality

Je est un autre. "I am another": this was what a 16-year-old Rimbaud wrote in the intense days of the Paris Commune, in two letters sent one to Izimbard and one to Demeny, to assert the need for a poetry that would free itself from the excesses o...
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Between Venice and Northern Europe: Andrea Previtali's Crucifixion at the Gallerie dellAccademia

Between Venice and Northern Europe: Andrea Previtali's Crucifixion at the Gallerie dellAccademia

"Hilly country with a sunken sky" is the phrase that concludes the laconic card reserved for Andrea Previtali's Crucifixion in the catalog of the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice compiled by Luigi Serra in 1914. The landscape, in that card, ...
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A Holy Family by the "Caravaggio of Verona": the mysterious Pietro Bernardi

A Holy Family by the "Caravaggio of Verona": the mysterious Pietro Bernardi

Pietro Bernardi is an elusive artist. We know little more than nothing about him: "always mysterious and poorly documented," art historian Sergio Marinelli called him in a 2016 essay. He was active in Verona for a few years at the turn of the...
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Not just Venice. Why it is bad to keep museums closed, why they should be opened, how we can do it

Not just Venice. Why it is bad to keep museums closed, why they should be opened, how we can do it

According to a widespread and ingrained prejudice, museums are primarily machines for tourists. And it is probably on the basis of this prejudice that management and governance models have been imagined in the past that have tied economic flows t...
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A hymn to light: Gaetano Previati's "Dance of the Hours," between music and poetry

A hymn to light: Gaetano Previati's "Dance of the Hours," between music and poetry

A hymn to light: one could define Gaetano Previati's Dance of the Hours in this way, taking up a happy image by Domenico Tumiati. One of his most poetic, most mysterious, most elevated, most luminous, most triumphant masterpieces: the twelve Hours of...
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An image of the mind. Luca Cambiaso's Madonna of the Candle, anticipator of Caravaggio?

An image of the mind. Luca Cambiaso's Madonna of the Candle, anticipator of Caravaggio?

On the road that leads to Caravaggio and Georges de la Tour is a great Genoese, Luca Cambiaso: it is his the refined Madonna of the Candle that one encounters in Room 2 of Palazzo Bianco in Genoa. It is probably the Moneglia-born painter's mo...
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A train that runs and whistles like a comet: Fausto Melotti's Christmas Metrò

A train that runs and whistles like a comet: Fausto Melotti's Christmas Metrò

There is a train stopped at a subway station, we see it from the front. We can make out a figure inside the convoy, perhaps that of the driver. The crush typical of the days leading up to Christmas swarms the platform. Above the locomotive we...
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Speaking of Alberto Angela: is prime-time disclosure too fictional?

Speaking of Alberto Angela: is prime-time disclosure too fictional?

To begin to reread Alberto Angela 's unprecedented program on Caravaggio, Tonight with Caravaggio, one could start from the mere numerical data, which speak, as usual, of a great triumph: on Wednesday, December 16, his program was the most watched ...
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Masaccio and Masolino's St. Anna Metterza: two eras that meet in one table

Masaccio and Masolino's St. Anna Metterza: two eras that meet in one table

It is difficult to find an art history textbook that does not reproduce the Sant'Anna Metterza, the Uffizi panel painting created, around 1424, by Masaccio together with Masolino da Panicale. And rare, too, are the works that can rival the ...
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Can you explain (seriously) why malls open and museums don't?

Can you explain (seriously) why malls open and museums don't?

What has happened to culture at this stage of the Covid pandemic? It was not mentioned in the council president's last press conference, it does not even receive simple words of comfort from Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, it was clubbed in the...
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The Galatea of Elisabetta Sirani, the "heroine painter" who amazed her contemporaries

The Galatea of Elisabetta Sirani, the "heroine painter" who amazed her contemporaries

Elisabetta Sirani, a precious pearl of seventeenth-century painting, had the eccentric and refined habit of affixing her signature to the most unusual and unthinkable details of her graceful paintings: a row of buttons, the cuff of a shirt, the back ...
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In the public debate, culture is an irrelevant issue. Can the paradigm be changed?

In the public debate, culture is an irrelevant issue. Can the paradigm be changed?

An AgCom report on the journalistic profession during the Covid emergency, released last week, clearly indicates that culture holds a singular record in theinformation sphere: it was the topic that, more than any other, journalists had to leave u...
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Giampaolo Bertozzi (Bertozzi & Casoni), "In our art appears what man leaves behind in time."

Giampaolo Bertozzi (Bertozzi & Casoni), "In our art appears what man leaves behind in time."

The artistic duo Bertozzi & Casoni, composed of Giampaolo Bertozzi (Borgo Tossignano, 1957) and Stefano Dal Monte Casoni (Lugo, 1961), is one of the most important names in international contemporary ceramics. A fundamental characteristic of th...
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We are like Pellizza da Volpedo's sheep: here is the mirror of life

We are like Pellizza da Volpedo's sheep: here is the mirror of life

"The illustrative symbol of man in his family and social organization is the flock," Folco Portinari wrote. "The flock is the people, whether one wishes to give it a negative or a positive sign." One can start from here to read one of Giuseppe Pelliz...
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Art historical hoaxes: why the press falls for them, and how we can defend ourselves

Art historical hoaxes: why the press falls for them, and how we can defend ourselves

Not infrequently, the press has given ample space to sensational hoaxes in the field of art history, often conferring media legitimacy on arrembant wafflers, self-styled experts completely unknown to the scientific community, and characters in sear...
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The hard life of fishermen that becomes poetry: the scales at Bocca d'Arno by Francesco Gioli

The hard life of fishermen that becomes poetry: the scales at Bocca d'Arno by Francesco Gioli

In fishing jargon, they are called "scales" those large square nets that are attached to long poles equipped with pulleys, and then lowered into a river or the sea: one waits a few moments, and then pulls them up, trying to be fast in the hope th...
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Franceschini: "digitization of our museums goes through Recovery Fund"

Franceschini: "digitization of our museums goes through Recovery Fund"

Where are we with the digitization of museums and cultural heritage? The closures that have affected cultural venues from March to the present have forced a rapid acceleration of ongoing processes, and new projects are in the pipeline to make our...
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Our Lady of Simon of the Crucifixes and a flight of fancy between the pages of Marco Santagata

Our Lady of Simon of the Crucifixes and a flight of fancy between the pages of Marco Santagata

The frescoes around which the entire story of the novel that won Marco Santagata the Campiello Prize in 2003, Il maestro dei santi pallidi, really exist. They decorate two small mountain churches in the Apennines of Modena: the figures in the ora...
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The mental world of Cosmè Tura: the two tondi of san Maurelio at the Pinacoteca di Ferrara

The mental world of Cosmè Tura: the two tondi of san Maurelio at the Pinacoteca di Ferrara

If we were to identify, in Cosmè Tura's entire production, a single detail that could serve as a summary of his expressionist painting ante litteram, nervous, sculptural, so crazy and disturbing, so far from the orderly and seraphic Renais...
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In short, why are museums and libraries closing? Some elements of evaluation

In short, why are museums and libraries closing? Some elements of evaluation

The total shutdown of culture (exhibitions and museums, but also archives and libraries) imposed by the government with the dpcm of November 3 and the substantial resignation with which those working in the field, with few exceptions, have greete...
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A November before which to die of melancholy. Antonio Fontanesi's masterpiece

A November before which to die of melancholy. Antonio Fontanesi's masterpiece

Few times of the year are as melancholy as the last week of October, when daylight saving time ends and darkness suddenly falls, voracious, like a quick and heavy curtain, almost suddenly extinguishing the red lights of the sunsets (the most be...
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Why it is profoundly wrong to close Rai Storia and merge it with Rai 5

Why it is profoundly wrong to close Rai Storia and merge it with Rai 5

At the moment the news is not yet official, but the rumors are chasing each other with more and more pungent insistence: Rai might close Rai Storia for reasons of so-called spending review, which is necessary to allow public television to overcom...
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A painting to see and smell: Perfume by Luigi Russolo

A painting to see and smell: Perfume by Luigi Russolo

Perfume is an enveloping, intoxicating, fragrant, full, hypnotic work. A disruptive cascade of adjectives could go on to overwhelm Luigi Russolo's masterpiece, a painting that can be seen and smelled, heard and admired, which aims to evoke in ...
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A masterpiece of silk and damask: Tobias and the Angel by Jacopo Vignali

A masterpiece of silk and damask: Tobias and the Angel by Jacopo Vignali

There is a precise reason, theological and political, for the frequent presence of works featuring Tobias and his angel in almost all Italian collections that include a substantial number of seventeenth-century objects. The fact is that the most ...
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If it will be curfew, at least make an exception for cinemas and theaters

If it will be curfew, at least make an exception for cinemas and theaters

From an article published this morning in the Manifesto, we learn that among the measures under consideration by the government to contain the wave of Covid-19 contagion would include a curfew from 9 or 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., which would therefore e...
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Uffizi spread across the territory? A great idea for imagining the museums of the future

Uffizi spread across the territory? A great idea for imagining the museums of the future

Uffizi Director Eike Schmidt did well to emphasize last week, in responding to a question at a press conference, that in the future there will be no room for projects that can be labeled "Uffizi 2," but there will, if anything, be several places ...
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Lorenzo Lotto's restlessness between Leopardi and Anna Banti: the Transfiguration of Recanati

Lorenzo Lotto's restlessness between Leopardi and Anna Banti: the Transfiguration of Recanati

Those who try to find, in Giacomo Leopardi's writings, a glimmer of interest in Lorenzo Lotto will be disappointed. Yet it will be said that the coincidences are many. Starting with the presence of the Venetian artist in the "native wild village,...
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From the Arabian Nights to Venice: the princesses of Vittorio Zecchin, the Italian Klimt

From the Arabian Nights to Venice: the princesses of Vittorio Zecchin, the Italian Klimt

Anyone looking at his works will immediately be led to think of a kind of Italian Gustav Klimt. A Venetian intoxicated by the fragrances of the Viennese secession. A young man from Murano, the son of a glassmaker, and therefore trained in the g...
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"Before the mad wandering world, afterwards Christ's beloved lover": Titian's Magdalene

"Before the mad wandering world, afterwards Christ's beloved lover": Titian's Magdalene

In a passage from his Lives, and specifically in the one dedicated to Titian, Giorgio Vasari lists some works admired in the wardrobe of Duke Guidobaldo II della Rovere, at the time the great historiographer visited Urbino, in 1548: among these w...
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Why did Ferragni at the Uffizi make you so much more outraged than D&G at the Palazzo Vecchio?

Why did Ferragni at the Uffizi make you so much more outraged than D&G at the Palazzo Vecchio?

Meanwhile, the data: today, September 23, 2020, those who try to Google "Chiara Ferragni" and "Uffizi" will get more than a hundred thousand results. On the other hand, those who search for information on "Dolce and Gabbana" (or "Dolce & Gabban...
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Seductive, strong and suave: the appearance of Christ to his mother by Guercino

Seductive, strong and suave: the appearance of Christ to his mother by Guercino

It bears the date of October 17, 1786, Johann Wolfang Goethe's visit to Cento, appropriately and extensively noted in his Italienische Reise. The great man of letters, having arrived in this industrious strip of the Po Valley on a mild autumn eve...
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Antonio Addamiano (Dep Art Gallery): "this is why galleries in Italy, on the web, struggle the most"

Antonio Addamiano (Dep Art Gallery): "this is why galleries in Italy, on the web, struggle the most"

How is the recovery of the art gallery sector going? Has digital been a successful challenge or is there still something to fix? How are galleries preparing for the reopening of events and fairs? What are the differences between Italy and abroad? W...
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Erompe from the bark a woodland nymph: Plinio Nomellini's "Red Nymph"

Erompe from the bark a woodland nymph: Plinio Nomellini's "Red Nymph"

A nymph strides through the thicket of the forest, and with her hands gently wreathes her tawny head. The sunset light blazes and floods the dense, parched forest with vermilion red: in the center, the thick, haughty trunk of a holm oak. Below, a...
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The Rose of Franco Maria Ricci. The unrepeatable existence of a contemporary humanist.

The Rose of Franco Maria Ricci. The unrepeatable existence of a contemporary humanist.

The last image of Franco Maria Ricci was that of a distinguished octogenarian who, having returned to dwell in the countryside of Fontanellato, had discarded the suits he had worn all his life and opted for a green loden jacket, worn over a pair ...
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Florence, Palazzo Vecchio gifted to D&G: closed 13 days with free concession

Florence, Palazzo Vecchio gifted to D&G: closed 13 days with free concession

Almost two weeks of closure to allow a private individual to organize his own party in a public space: this is what happens, amid general silence, in Florence, where Palazzo Vecchio keeps its doors closed for no less than thirteen consecutive day...
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The man in the bow tie. How Daverio changed art on television.

The man in the bow tie. How Daverio changed art on television.

The first impact with Philippe Daverio and his Passepartout was not, usually, of the happiest: indeed, for many his figure was even repelling. There is no denying that his presence embodied the classic clichés of the art historian fixed in the...
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When Cattelan wanted to replace the monument to Mazzini with a statue of Craxi

When Cattelan wanted to replace the monument to Mazzini with a statue of Craxi

In the last five minutes of lightning-fast and thunderous media celebrity to which the debate on monuments has risen (the karst flow of which has alternated between sudden emergencies, provoked by events of close relevance, and more more or less ...
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Women's Music. A painting, a book, a concert, a museum in Venice.

Women's Music. A painting, a book, a concert, a museum in Venice.

There are three reasons that usually prompt visitors to cross the threshold of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice: Giovanni Bellini's Presentation in the Temple , the magnificence of the salons, and Carlo Scarpa 's spaces on the first floor. ...
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Good morning MiBACT! Finally answers on direct assignments and the south: but they don't satisfy

Good morning MiBACT! Finally answers on direct assignments and the south: but they don't satisfy

A direct response from the MiBACT press office to grievances emanating from the grassroots is a decidedly rare occurrence: nevertheless, the problem with the two communiqués issued yesterday afternoon, through which the ministry sought to take...
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Scarlett Biscotti: "with my art I seek the confrontation between individual memory and history"

Scarlett Biscotti: "with my art I seek the confrontation between individual memory and history"

Rossella Biscotti (Molfetta, 1978) is among the most interesting contemporary European artists. With her work, Rossella Biscotti investigates archival objects and materials to bring out their history (even the most uncomfortable, or the forgotten...
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Museums on singers and works 20 years overdue: are these Franceschini's priorities?

Museums on singers and works 20 years overdue: are these Franceschini's priorities?

I think common to many people is the sense of satisfaction felt last week on receiving the news of the allocation of twelve million euros, by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, to complete the long-standing affair of Isozaki's Loggia, the great w...
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Is it acceptable to close Piazza della Signoria in Florence for a "super VIP" dinner?

Is it acceptable to close Piazza della Signoria in Florence for a "super VIP" dinner?

Florence 's municipal administration probably has a soft spot for "VIP" dinners in public spaces. And although it might have been assumed that, after the heated controversy that accompanied the Ferraristi banquets on the Ponte Vecchio in 2013 and Mor...
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Why can't Italy have a museum or documentation center on fascism?

Why can't Italy have a museum or documentation center on fascism?

It is well known that instrumentalizations exploit very blurred boundaries: sometimes, those that simply run between two articulated prepositions. So it happens that, in Rome, three city councilors of the Pentastellata majority (Gemma Guerrini, Mas...
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Wolves, hands, and carnivores. Does the Uffizi have a problem with contemporary art?

Wolves, hands, and carnivores. Does the Uffizi have a problem with contemporary art?

Can the Uffizi Galleries, the largest and most visited museum center in our country, and where the best of Italian (and other) art of all time is preserved, indulge in moments of excessive ... relaxation aboutcontemporary art? Doubts come quickly...
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Bugo: I wanted to be a temporary artist. I tell you about my parenthesis

Bugo: I wanted to be a temporary artist. I tell you about my parenthesis

His real name is Cristian Bugatti, he was born in Rho in 1973 grew up in Cerano, and his stage name is Bugo: everyone knows him as an important singer-songwriter and musician (many consider him the father of Italianindie ), but not everyone knows t...
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Recovery Fund, now is the time to make structural investments in culture

Recovery Fund, now is the time to make structural investments in culture

If it is true, as many are at pains to repeat, that every crisis is an opportunity, this time the cultural sector can be glad to have received a golden one: the Recovery Fund is not only a historic achievement, the first fund in history that the ...
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Justin Thompson (Black History Month Florence): "Talking about Africa and colonialism does not mean erasing Italian history, but enriching it."

Justin Thompson (Black History Month Florence): "Talking about Africa and colonialism does not mean erasing Italian history, but enriching it."

Since 2016 in Florence, the Black History Month Florence project has aimed to explore African and Afro-descendant cultures in the Italian context. The research of this project has resonated widely in these weeks of protest by the Black Lives Matter...
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"Love is the message, the message is death," Arthur Jafa's masterpiece describes the realities, dreams, and culture of the black community

"Love is the message, the message is death," Arthur Jafa's masterpiece describes the realities, dreams, and culture of the black community

"When a beautiful white girl runs into the arms of a black man, it means something is wrong. It is unequivocal proof." So begins Love is the message, the message is death, Arthur Jafa's masterpiece that a number of museums around the world (includi...
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The Quinto Martini Park-Museum in Seano: the poetry of simplicity

The Quinto Martini Park-Museum in Seano: the poetry of simplicity

When one admires a sculpture by Quinto Martini, at times, at a first careless glance, one might be overwhelmed by the temptation to consider his art as a sort of coda of nineteenth-century verism, an art strongly anchored to the naturalistic datu...
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Silly Uffizi videos on TikTok: where's the problem? The trivializations are others

Silly Uffizi videos on TikTok: where's the problem? The trivializations are others

"Territorial pissings" is not only the title of a famous song by Nirvana, but is also the expression with which Labranca identified pseudo-intellectuals who self-validate their positioning within a social area by marking its territory, that is, b...
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Cuts on culture to spend on welfarism? A risk to be averted

Cuts on culture to spend on welfarism? A risk to be averted

As Italy prepares to emerge from the coronavirus emergency and discuss revitalization proposals, a bill is being debated in Trentino that will be voted on tomorrow and risks setting a dangerous precedent: it is the Fugatti-Spinelli ddl, which gu...
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Canova and Thorvaldsen, the eternal challenge from which modern sculpture was born. The exhibition in Milan

Canova and Thorvaldsen, the eternal challenge from which modern sculpture was born. The exhibition in Milan

Milan had to content itself with being irradiated by a lightning-fast reverberation of the dispute that pitted the two great rivals of neoclassical sculpture, Antonio Canova (Possagno, 1757 - Venice, 1822) and Bertel Thorvaldsen (Copenhagen, 1770...
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We don't have to justify tearing down controversial monuments. There are other solutions

We don't have to justify tearing down controversial monuments. There are other solutions

I feel deep embarrassment when I read certain hasty and superficial judgments about the wave of protests of the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept through Anglo-Saxon countries and, to a lesser extent, the rest of the Western world. I find ...
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How museum visits change with coronavirus. A tale from five institutions in three cities

How museum visits change with coronavirus. A tale from five institutions in three cities

There is no virus for Donatello's putti wiggling on the pulpit panels of Prato Cathedral: their festive dance has been going on for nearly six hundred years, heedless of any traversal, ready to mock wars and epidemics to the sound of trumpets and t...
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Sgarbi and the Syracuse Caravaggio: not moving it to Trentino would be a detriment. I explain why

Sgarbi and the Syracuse Caravaggio: not moving it to Trentino would be a detriment. I explain why

I believe that I am a person above parties and above suspicion when it comes to the movement of works of art : what speaks is the history of our magazine, it is the many battles we have always engaged in and supported to avoid unnecessary transf...
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The "beauty" has indeed gone there, in quarantine: indeed, in many cities in Italy it is still inaccessible

The "beauty" has indeed gone there, in quarantine: indeed, in many cities in Italy it is still inaccessible

"We need to focus on the brand ofItaly in the world, to promote the incomparable artistic and natural heritage we possess. Because in all these months, we have to say it strongly, the beauty ofItaly has never gone into quarantine": these are some...
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Simoninus of Trent: the "abusive saint" constructed by late 15th century propaganda to stir up anti-Semitic hatred

Simoninus of Trent: the "abusive saint" constructed by late 15th century propaganda to stir up anti-Semitic hatred

One might feel a sort of unpleasant embarrassment knowing that it took almost four hundred years for the Church to erase a cult that, over the centuries, has fed anti-Semitic prejudice, with the aggravating circumstance of having exploited the b...
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Franceschini doesn't answer: here's the interview you won't read

Franceschini doesn't answer: here's the interview you won't read

For more than a month, we have been trying to obtain an interview with the minister of cultural heritage, Dario Franceschini, on the topic of culture during and after the health emergency. We submitted the request on April 14 and received sev...
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Paola D'Agostino (Bargello director): "Going to a museum will be like taking an extraordinary private tour."

Paola D'Agostino (Bargello director): "Going to a museum will be like taking an extraordinary private tour."

How are operations progressing in preparation for the reopening at the Bargello Museums? We caught up with the director, Paola D'Agostino, who told us what has been done during the period of closure due to the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus p...
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"Great street artists have their own style and personality." Interview with Blek Le Rat, father of stencil art

"Great street artists have their own style and personality." Interview with Blek Le Rat, father of stencil art

"Great street artists have their own style and personality." Interview with Blek Le RatStreet artist Blek Le Rat (Xavier Prou; Paris, 1951) is one of the pioneers of international street art and the father and initiator of stencil graffiti, the same...
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Who will want to visit a museum full of prohibitions and obligations?

Who will want to visit a museum full of prohibitions and obligations?

In an op-ed we hosted in the December issue of our print magazine, art historian Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, and former director of CIMAM-the International Committee of Museums of Mode...
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To promote small museums, the way is not to bring us the "masterpieces" of big museums

To promote small museums, the way is not to bring us the "masterpieces" of big museums

Circulate masterpieces from "major museums" by lending them to "smaller museums" and launch "quality contemporary art" initiatives in smaller, decentralized venues. This is what Pierluigi Panza proposed last May 1 in the columns of the Florentine...
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The circus is closed, but will the buffets return? Thoughts for a model of cultural progress...passing through Carrara

The circus is closed, but will the buffets return? Thoughts for a model of cultural progress...passing through Carrara

Among the books I try to keep on hand at all times is a cornerstone of the bibliography on exhibition events, Francis Haskell's The Birth of Exhibitions: In tracing the history of art exhibitions, the English art historian believed that the exhibitio...
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Windows on Art introduces online subscription. The new formula for reading the magazine

Windows on Art introduces online subscription. The new formula for reading the magazine

Dear Reader, the challenges that the future of publishing poses to us are arduous, long and demanding: this is especially so in a small sector such as ours, that of art publishing, which relies on the passion of so many readers who make up...
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Yes, it is a divisive holiday. Two thoughts and a painting for April 25

Yes, it is a divisive holiday. Two thoughts and a painting for April 25

Two thoughts for a different April 25 than usual, for a Liberation Day that, for the first time in history and for a sort of mocking irony of fate, sees us all segregated at home by the imposition of a series of decrees that we are all abiding by...
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Nadia Righi (Diocesan Museum of Milan), "This is how our guides also work online."

Nadia Righi (Diocesan Museum of Milan), "This is how our guides also work online."

In these days of enforced closure, the Diocesan Museum of Milan (which was attended by35,000 visitorsin 2019 ) has created an unprecedented and original online guided tour model, replicating on the web the experience that the institute has been succ...
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Cecilie Hollberg (Academy Gallery): "The post-virus museum will be digital, collaborative and close to the public."

Cecilie Hollberg (Academy Gallery): "The post-virus museum will be digital, collaborative and close to the public."

How does the Accademia Gallery in Florence, one of the most visited museums in Italy and among the top 40 in the world, plan to respond to the challenge posed by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic? With Cecilie Hollberg, director of the Florenti...
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When Angelo Morbelli painted the abandonment and despair of the elderly at the Pio Albergo Trivulzio

When Angelo Morbelli painted the abandonment and despair of the elderly at the Pio Albergo Trivulzio

When one admires a painting whose protagonists are elderly people segregated in a hospice, what one is contemplating is "not a normal aspect of our culture, so to speak," wrote art historian Michael F. Zimmermann a few years ago, speaking of the ...
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Why the reopening of libraries is good (although it should have been done more judiciously)

Why the reopening of libraries is good (although it should have been done more judiciously)

In order to deal in the most rational and shrewd way with the issue of reopening bookstores, it is possible, in the meantime, to remorselessly shred all the rhetoric made up of melancholy along the lines of "the bread of the soul book" and so on ...
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Why the pandemic pushes us to think as a global community. Filippo Del Corno, city councilor for culture in Milan, Italy, speaks.

Why the pandemic pushes us to think as a global community. Filippo Del Corno, city councilor for culture in Milan, Italy, speaks.

The health emergency due to the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic has called into question many aspects of our lives that we took for granted, and will force us to rethink them. It is not only about how we live our daily cultural experi...
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"After the virus, the desire for art will be stronger than before." Gianluca De Felice, secretary of the Opera della Primaziale Pisana, speaks.

"After the virus, the desire for art will be stronger than before." Gianluca De Felice, secretary of the Opera della Primaziale Pisana, speaks.

More than 3 million visitors, more than 14 million in revenue devoted to conservation and promotion: these are two numbers for the monuments in Pisa's Piazza dei Miracoli, managed by the Opera della Primaziale Pisana. Four monuments (the Cathedra...
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Coronavirus in the media. The overexposure of virologists and the absence of a humanistic approach

Coronavirus in the media. The overexposure of virologists and the absence of a humanistic approach

A couple of examples. The first is from last March 29, on the program Che tempo che fa: according to virologist Roberto Burioni, on the day when the health emergency ends and we can finally go outside, "we will all have to wear a mask every four ...
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"Do we really want to go back to the situation that existed before the closure?" Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi, speaks.

"Do we really want to go back to the situation that existed before the closure?" Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi, speaks.

How is Italy's most visited museum, namely the Uffizi Gallery (along with the museums in its cluster), coping with the health emergency over the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic? What will museums have to do when there is a restart? ...
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Senator Zanda wants to secure Italian debt with public assets (including museums). All we can do is cry

Senator Zanda wants to secure Italian debt with public assets (including museums). All we can do is cry

The issue of public debt, it is known, has always stimulated the most fervid creativity, especially in times of crisis, when any solution to reduce the burden on Italians is thrown around with the most nonchalant nonchalance, a bit like when, a...
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Carlo Bononi according to Andrea Emiliani

Carlo Bononi according to Andrea Emiliani

It is above all to the art historian Andrea Emiliani (Predappio, 1931 - Bologna, 2019) that we owe the rediscovery of a genius of seventeenth-century Ferrarese art, Carlo Bononi (Ferrara, c. 1580 - 1632), whom in 1962, Giacomo Bargellesi lamented...
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Aut tace, aut loquere meliora silentio. Salvator Rosa, or the artist's freedom of thought.

Aut tace, aut loquere meliora silentio. Salvator Rosa, or the artist's freedom of thought.

Aut tace, aut loquere meliora silentio. "Either keep silent, or say something that is better than silence." The sculptural evidence of those six words engraved on the panel that Salvator Rosa carelessly holds up in his Self-Portrait at the National G...
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Without culture you can't live. We have responded well to the emergency, but now we think about how to continue when it ends

Without culture you can't live. We have responded well to the emergency, but now we think about how to continue when it ends

The narrative of the ongoing health emergency has developed, with continuous and constant vehemence, mainly around the work of those who have been identified as the "front lines" of the war on the coronavirus, namely the doctors, nurses and, in g...
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Art influencers and art critics: between new and old exhibitionisms, between desire to appear and desire to tell

Art influencers and art critics: between new and old exhibitionisms, between desire to appear and desire to tell

Fifteen years have passed since Chicago Tribune art critic Lori Waxman began touring museums, galleries and various exhibition venues with her now-famous performance, 60 wrd/min art critic, whose mechanism is very simple: in the space chosen to hos...
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"The National Gallery ofUmbria is the most civic-minded state museum there is." Interview with director Marco Pierini

"The National Gallery ofUmbria is the most civic-minded state museum there is." Interview with director Marco Pierini

A museum that has changed its face: this could be said of the National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia, which since 2015, that is, since it became an autonomous museum following the Franceschini reform, under the direction of art historian Marco Pie...
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Canova in Carrara is a flop: a meaningless exhibition of plaster casts, peep shows, mignon reproductions and video projections

Canova in Carrara is a flop: a meaningless exhibition of plaster casts, peep shows, mignon reproductions and video projections

For a long time we have been repeating on these pages that the mere visitor count should not be the yardstick by which to measure the success of an exhibition. Similarly, we have always refrained from evaluating the success of an exhibition on the ba...
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Unholy loans: the National Museum of Capodimonte loses its jewels for four months. Caravaggio included

Unholy loans: the National Museum of Capodimonte loses its jewels for four months. Caravaggio included

While in these hours there is an argument over the loan of a work by Raphael, the Portrait of Leo X, which will temporarily leave the Uffizi to reach Rome, where it will be exhibited at the maximostra on the Urbinate for the 500th anniversary of...
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Is Banksy a great artist? No, he is just yet another byproduct of aesthetic populism

Is Banksy a great artist? No, he is just yet another byproduct of aesthetic populism

An exhibition on Banksy has been circulating for some time now that invites visitors to decide whether the anonymous Bristol street artist is a genius or a vandal: that, at least, is the question the title of the exhibition poses to its audience....
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Are you indignant about the history of art being taught at Yale? Worry about the one that is not taught in Italy

Are you indignant about the history of art being taught at Yale? Worry about the one that is not taught in Italy

It is pleasing to note that a good number of Italian newspapers have rediscovered their passion forteaching art history and spent the weekend just past delighting our intellects with refined analyses of the decisions ofYale University, which, kee...
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We have come to compare visiting museums to soccer games

We have come to compare visiting museums to soccer games

It is a little more disconcerting than usual this year to read the statement on museum visitor data that the Ministry of Culture annually releases at the end of January to present the previous year's results. And the disquiet, of course, does not...
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Prayers of stone: the majesties, marble votive reliefs of the Apuan Alps and Lunigiana

Prayers of stone: the majesties, marble votive reliefs of the Apuan Alps and Lunigiana

"Prayers of stone." this is how, with this image of icastic immediacy, scholar Caterina Rapetti had renamed the majesties of Lunigiana in a study published in 1992, after a decade of reconnaissance in the area, aimed at surveying the Lunigiana portio...
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Everyone wants Modigliani, but Italy snubs the centenary. Will France be the one to celebrate it?

Everyone wants Modigliani, but Italy snubs the centenary. Will France be the one to celebrate it?

Sixty thousand visitors in two months of opening: such is the proportion of the flow that has so far affected the exhibition Modigliani and the Montparnasse Adventure, which the city of Livorno has set up in the halls of the Museo della Città ...
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"In the future, museums must reflect the complexity of our times." Interview with Mami Kataoka, president of CIMAM

"In the future, museums must reflect the complexity of our times." Interview with Mami Kataoka, president of CIMAM

At the end of November, CIMAM (the International Committee for Museums of Modern Art), the leading international body of modern and contemporary art museums around the world, affiliated with ICOM, appointed its new president: Japan's Mami Katao...
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"A Touch of Magic. The "sorcerous" Dosso Dossi in his youthful masterpieces between Ariosto and mythology

"A Touch of Magic. The "sorcerous" Dosso Dossi in his youthful masterpieces between Ariosto and mythology

Few artists can boast of calling themselves truly magical, and Dosso Dossi is among those who belong to this rare genius. Perhaps it is because Dosso is in danger of entrancing us that Berenson suggested, in his seminal North Italian Painters of ...
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The drama of our graduates competing for the MiBACT competition. Their stories, their sacrifices, their hopes

The drama of our graduates competing for the MiBACT competition. Their stories, their sacrifices, their hopes

Perhaps for some people the data on the employment rates of our graduates are not shocking enough: otherwise, it would not explain why this is a topic that interests the public very little and emerges very infrequently in political debate. So, if col...
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"Here's how we saved works from the 2016 earthquake." Curators of the "Marche Renaissance" exhibition speak.

"Here's how we saved works from the 2016 earthquake." Curators of the "Marche Renaissance" exhibition speak.

Fifty-one works from the sites of the 2016 central Italian earthquake will soon return to the cities and towns of the crater, from which they came: first, however, they will be displayed in a three-stage exhibition, entitled Renaissance in the Ma...
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When European artists dreamed of Japan. Japanism in nineteenth-century art on display in Rovigo.

When European artists dreamed of Japan. Japanism in nineteenth-century art on display in Rovigo.

It was the French artist Philippe Burty (Paris, 1830 - 1890) who was the first to coin, in 1872, a term later destined to identify that mania for Japan which, for at least two decades to that part, had taken possession of many painters, sculpto...
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The emotion of Guercino and his sacred drama, in his Cento

The emotion of Guercino and his sacred drama, in his Cento

The erudite Gaetano Atti narrates, in his Sunto storico della città di Cento (Historical summary of the city of Cento), that on July 6, 1796, two Napoleonic commissioners, named Ciney and Berthollet (to be identified, in all likelihood, with t...
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Futurism: in Pisa, an exhibition chronicling the movement by letting artists speak with posters

Futurism: in Pisa, an exhibition chronicling the movement by letting artists speak with posters

If today we admire fundamental masterpieces of the Futurists in museums halfway around the world, we owe that possibility to the substantial disinterest (if not toostracism tout court) that the cultural milieu of postwar Italy reserved for Bocc...
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State museums always free for everyone? We can't afford it (and we're not the only ones): here's why

State museums always free for everyone? We can't afford it (and we're not the only ones): here's why

In January 2018, the Metropolitan Museum in New York surprised the world by sanctioning the end of its decades-long admission policy, which provided free admission for all upon a free bid, and introducing a $25 admission fee for all visitors ...
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Raphael and friends in Urbino: an exhibition on artistic entanglements in early 16th century Marche

Raphael and friends in Urbino: an exhibition on artistic entanglements in early 16th century Marche

As is well known to all those who have approached the figure of Raphael Sanzio (Urbino, 1483 - Rome, 1520), tradition usually divides his brief, dazzling, dense and unrepeatable career into three distinct portions: an early youthful phase, whic...
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Comedian (banana and tape on wall): a work in which everything is Maurizio Cattelan

Comedian (banana and tape on wall): a work in which everything is Maurizio Cattelan

It may seem strange to say, but Maurizio Cattelan 's banana has an illustrious precedent when it comes to food elevated to the status of a work of art. And certainly we are not talking about seventeenth-century still lifes filled with fruits of eve...
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Giulio Romano at the Ducal Palace, an exhibition of drawings in the places for which they were imagined

Giulio Romano at the Ducal Palace, an exhibition of drawings in the places for which they were imagined

More than 270,000 visitors were counted when the doors of the major exhibition on Giulio Romano (Giulio Pippi de' Iannuzzi; Rome, c. 1499 - Mantua, 1546), which had begun just two months earlier, on September 1, 1989, closed at Palazzo Te in Mant...
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What was sex like in the sixteenth century? Made of orgies, dildos and acrobatic copulation: ask Giulio Romano and colleagues

What was sex like in the sixteenth century? Made of orgies, dildos and acrobatic copulation: ask Giulio Romano and colleagues

"Petrarchism is a chronic disease of Italian literature," wrote Arturo Graf at the beginning of one of his memorable essays in 1888: and the sixteenth century is "the century in which Petrarchism floats, luxuriates, triumphs and overflows." It is d...
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Why has the high water drama in Venice unleashed legions of haters on social media?

Why has the high water drama in Venice unleashed legions of haters on social media?

The drama of the high water that hit Venice on the night of November 12-13, with the second highest tide ever (or at least since scientific records exist), is also likely to be remembered for the load of social hatred that, for some reason, it ma...
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But do we really give a damn about Venice?

But do we really give a damn about Venice?

In the long list of editorials that all the newspapers have dedicated in these hours to the drama of Venice, no mention has been made of a fact that dates back to the beginning of this year: on January 31, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, with a ...
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Ginevra Pucci and Stefania Poddighe: "The market supports culture, but without culture there would be no market."

Ginevra Pucci and Stefania Poddighe: "The market supports culture, but without culture there would be no market."

Flashback, the ancient and contemporary art fair held every year in Turin, for this 2019 comes to its seventh edition: as per its characteristic, this year there is a central theme (the Wanderers), and as every year the quality is very high. Wait...
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Biennale, the Italian Pavilion is weak and superficial, and the real artist is the curator

Biennale, the Italian Pavilion is weak and superficial, and the real artist is the curator

The multifarious conglomeration of articles, short articles, editorials, reviews, elzeviri, and rinses of communiqués that have been accompanying the Italian Pavilion 's exhibition(Neither Other Nor This. The Challenge to the Labyrinth) at the...
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Orazio Gentileschi in the Marche: of the nobility and complexity of the province. Fabriano exhibition.

Orazio Gentileschi in the Marche: of the nobility and complexity of the province. Fabriano exhibition.

Among the episodes of Caravaggio 's biography that are less frequented by scholars is perhaps the stay that the great Lombard painter made in the Marche region between October 1603 and April 1604: the product of those few months' stay in the regi...
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Can art be made with the telephone? We discuss this with Vittoria Martini, curator of Artissima Telephone

Can art be made with the telephone? We discuss this with Vittoria Martini, curator of Artissima Telephone

The 26th edition of Artissima, the major contemporary art exhibition-market to be held in Turin from November 1 to 3, 2019, will also feature, among its various projects, Artissima Telephone, an exhibition that will take place in the rooms of OGR...
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Ilaria Bonacossa: "We reflect on art, sex, and censorship because the freedoms we took for granted are in question"

Ilaria Bonacossa: "We reflect on art, sex, and censorship because the freedoms we took for granted are in question"

The 2019 edition of Artissima, the great contemporary art exhibition-market (more information here), will be dedicated to the dialectic between desire and censorship: the aim of the kermesse is to initiate reflections that concern various themes,...
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To grow, we need to invest in culture: our heritage exists because someone spent on it. Francesca Velani, LuBeC director, speaks.

To grow, we need to invest in culture: our heritage exists because someone spent on it. Francesca Velani, LuBeC director, speaks.

Heritage and innovation: these two words could be used to sum up the LuBeC - Lucca Beni Culturali exhibition, which for the past fifteen years has brought to Lucca the most advanced products and practices dealing with topics such as technology, digit...
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At Palazzo Antinori, the exhibition on the image of Florence according to Giovanni and Telemaco Signorini, two generations of great artists

At Palazzo Antinori, the exhibition on the image of Florence according to Giovanni and Telemaco Signorini, two generations of great artists

The discovery in 2008 of an important correspondence between Telemaco Signorini (Florence, 1835 - 1901), one of the leading painters of the second half of the 19th century and a leading name in the Macchiaioli movement, and his father Giovan...
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Antiques Biennial, secretary Fabrizio Moretti speaks: ancient art between market, bureaucracy and culture

Antiques Biennial, secretary Fabrizio Moretti speaks: ancient art between market, bureaucracy and culture

The XXXI edition of the Florence Biennale Internazionale dell'Antiquariato, one of the world's leading antique art exhibition-markets, confirms the success of its predecessors: once again this year we saw, among the exhibitors, the main players o...
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Leonardo and Raphael loans, France beats Italy 21-7. Franceschini, what are you doing!

Leonardo and Raphael loans, France beats Italy 21-7. Franceschini, what are you doing!

The exchange of works between Italy and France for the exhibitions celebrating the 500th anniversary of the disappearances of Leonardo and Raphael (in 2019 the Da Vinci, in 2020 the Urbino) provides that twenty-one works will leave Italy for France, ...
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The Wonder of the Ancient in Luca Signorelli. Rome's classical charm on display at the Capitoline Museums.

The Wonder of the Ancient in Luca Signorelli. Rome's classical charm on display at the Capitoline Museums.

In the late 19th century, Maud Cruttwell, author of one of the first extensive monographs on Luca Signorelli (Cortona, c. 1450 - 1523), wrote that the great artist from Cortona would be destined to find nothing but bitterness in Rome. Indeed, bey...
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Peter Aufreiter: "Italy lacks flexibility, and museum directors are forced to be administrators"

Peter Aufreiter: "Italy lacks flexibility, and museum directors are forced to be administrators"

The term of the director of the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche in Urbino and the Polo Museale delle Marche, Peter Aufreiter (Linz, 1974), is coming to an end. An Austrian art historian, Aufreiter is one of the foreign directors of autonomous mus...
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No to the sanctification of Gabriele d'Annunzio, but no also to the simplifications of Tomaso Montanari

No to the sanctification of Gabriele d'Annunzio, but no also to the simplifications of Tomaso Montanari

It may also make sense to take the side of those who do not welcome the idea of installing a monument to Gabriele d'Annunzio in Trieste: it is not the right historical moment, and at a time of resurgent nationalism the act of the local municipal ...
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Bonisoli reform: summer bungling without parliamentary discussion. Autonomies and small museums at risk

Bonisoli reform: summer bungling without parliamentary discussion. Autonomies and small museums at risk

If there is one merit to be given to the Minister of Cultural Heritage Alberto Bonisoli, it is that of having put everyone in agreement on his cultural heritage reform: all parties, from the PD to the League, from Potere al Popolo to Fratelli d'I...
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Three years since the 2016 earthquake. Delpriori: "Very slow reconstruction, works still in storage. The last government? Utter nothingness."

Three years since the 2016 earthquake. Delpriori: "Very slow reconstruction, works still in storage. The last government? Utter nothingness."

On Aug. 24, 2016, at 3:36 a.m., an earthquake tremor of magnitude moment 6.0 struck central Italy, and in particular the municipalities of Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and Amatrice, between which was the epicenter of the quake. The area has since b...
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Will the Bonisoli reform's mergers permanently sink small museums?

Will the Bonisoli reform's mergers permanently sink small museums?

With a mid-August blitz, which follows in the well-established tradition of approving crucial decrees at times of the year when one would expect everyone to be distracted by vacations and festivities (and, this time, with the aggravating factor o...
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Pietro Aretino, one of the most important and considered figures of the 1500s. Interview with Paolo Procaccioli

Pietro Aretino, one of the most important and considered figures of the 1500s. Interview with Paolo Procaccioli

More on the monographic exhibition dedicated to Pietro Aretino (Arezzo, 1492 - Venice, 1556), entitled Pietro Aretino and the Art of the Renaissance, which will be held in the Magliabechiana Hall of the Uffizi Gallery from November 27, 2019 to Ma...
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The sweetness of the sea, the beaches, the Mediterranean. The plural painting of Moses Levy

The sweetness of the sea, the beaches, the Mediterranean. The plural painting of Moses Levy

Perhaps it is not a leap to claim that if today, in our imagination, a certain image of Versilia has been formed (an image made up of elegant promenades on the seafront, of vast beaches dotted with umbrellas of all colors, of evenings among fashi...
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Could the government crisis cause chaos in cultural heritage?

Could the government crisis cause chaos in cultural heritage?

For sure, the government crisis opened over the weekend by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini will not collapse the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, but in the aftermath of the publication in the Official Gazette of the reform of the d...
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Pietro Aretino and the relationship with the arts in the Renaissance. Interview with Anna Bisceglia and Matteo Ceriana

Pietro Aretino and the relationship with the arts in the Renaissance. Interview with Anna Bisceglia and Matteo Ceriana

In November, the Uffizi will open a major exhibition dedicated to the great man of letters Pietro Aretino (Arezzo, 1492 - Venice, 1556), entitled Pietro Aretino and the Art of the Renaissance (Aula Magliabechiana of the Uffizi, from November 27, ...
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Pont des Trous, why it is wrong to demolish it (even though it was rebuilt after the war)

Pont des Trous, why it is wrong to demolish it (even though it was rebuilt after the war)

Advocates of the demolition of the Pont des Trous, the medieval bridge in Tournai, Belgium, which will be "deconstructed" (this is the politically correct term used to cover reality with a light and transparent veil) to allow the passage of boats...
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UNESCO World Heritage Site, criticism rains down this year. Is it a system that needs to be changed?

UNESCO World Heritage Site, criticism rains down this year. Is it a system that needs to be changed?

Last July 9, a long article, signed by political science researcher Simon Maghakyan, came out in Hyperallergic, calling the annual meeting ofUNESCO 's World Heritage Committee (the committee that decides on sites that are part of, or will become ...
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2019 is the annus horribilis of volunteerism replacing work. Now there is also the officialdom

2019 is the annus horribilis of volunteerism replacing work. Now there is also the officialdom

Until not so long ago, few would have admitted that fake volunteering in cultural heritage is thought to be a great way to replace stable, paid work when needed. And almost no one, of course, would have put it in writing. It was mostly a hallway ...
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Krzysztof Wodiczko: "Refugees live in a kind of limbo, like familiar and foreign creatures at the same time."

Krzysztof Wodiczko: "Refugees live in a kind of limbo, like familiar and foreign creatures at the same time."

In early June, Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko (Warsaw, 1943) presented, for the first time in Italy, in Milan, his project Loro (Them), at the same time an installation and a performance: Wodiczko "humanized" some drones by giving them a face a...
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Bonisoli reform, what goes and what doesn't. With a couple of possible ideas and insights

Bonisoli reform, what goes and what doesn't. With a couple of possible ideas and insights

The reform of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage that, after a year of work, is completing its course these days (at the moment it is still in draft form, so the measures discussed below may be subject to change), contains few new features, but t...
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"Dear friends and enemies, go fuck yourselves." Gastone Novelli between detachment, art and contestation

"Dear friends and enemies, go fuck yourselves." Gastone Novelli between detachment, art and contestation

"There you go. Yes, dear friends, and enemies, and strangers, go fuck yourselves." Thus began a text that Gastone Novelli (Vienna, 1925 - Milan, 1968) wrote between 1964 and 1965 to express all his disappointment, which in this invective was ting...
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Leonardo da Vinci's "Scapiliata": fortunes, studies and new hypotheses on display in Parma

Leonardo da Vinci's "Scapiliata": fortunes, studies and new hypotheses on display in Parma

Water is, for a painter, one of the most difficult elements to reproduce with the brush. Impalpable, irrepressible, unstable, colorless, transparent. It undulates, it flows, it moves, it ripples, it adapts, it glows, it blurs. Matter and subject ...
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Historic pine trees are being cut down in Carrara to resurface a sidewalk on the waterfront

Historic pine trees are being cut down in Carrara to resurface a sidewalk on the waterfront

They are already present in postcards of Carrara from the 1950s, they are a familiar presence for anyone who has spent their summers or vacations in the city, they are an important ecological garrison for the production of oxygen and the absorption...
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The National Gallery of Liguria, a constantly enriching museum. Director Gianluca Zanelli speaks

The National Gallery of Liguria, a constantly enriching museum. Director Gianluca Zanelli speaks

The National Gallery of Liguria in Genoa, located in the historic Palazzo Spinola, is one of the most active museums in northern Italy. Constant exhibition activity, with small focused focuses on the collections, many initiatives for the public, ...
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Crumbs to culture. The European Union's sensitivity to heritage policies and its (few) resources.

Crumbs to culture. The European Union's sensitivity to heritage policies and its (few) resources.

When one thinks ofEuropean Union policies and investments, one usually recalls issues such as industrial and agricultural development, viability, integration, and the environment: one hardly associates European policies with cultural heritage. Yet,...
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New light on Mattia and Gregorio Preti, the excellent exhibition at Palazzo Barberini in Rome

New light on Mattia and Gregorio Preti, the excellent exhibition at Palazzo Barberini in Rome

"He told me his brother Gregorio that in order to pull him along and keep him at painting it set himself to work for shopkeepers, who were then rich and made work, whereupon he worked for the coloraro Nasini alla Sapienza; which by the way the th...
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It would be time to end the useless nationalist whining about who celebrates Leonardo better between Italy and France

It would be time to end the useless nationalist whining about who celebrates Leonardo better between Italy and France

It is to be hoped that, as soon as the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death are over, all the tiresome, cloying, tedious and pointless controversies that have been accompanying the event for months and that, basically,...
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How should we interpret the faux-beach victory of Lithuania's pavilion at the Venice Biennale?

How should we interpret the faux-beach victory of Lithuania's pavilion at the Venice Biennale?

It was not difficult to predict that Lithuania's pavilion would win the almost unanimous appreciation of the public at the Venice Biennale, as well as many insiders, although, perhaps, it was not so obvious to imagine that the performance curated b...
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Angelo Morbelli, His Milan, Pointillism. The beautiful centenary exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art.

Angelo Morbelli, His Milan, Pointillism. The beautiful centenary exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art.

One of the most interesting and fruitful achievements of the exhibition Morbelli. 1853 - 1919, the valuable anthological exhibition that the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan is dedicating to Angelo Morbelli (Alessandria, 1853 - Milan, 1919) on t...
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Nineteenth century in Forli: little new, but an exhibition that is like a great art history textbook

Nineteenth century in Forli: little new, but an exhibition that is like a great art history textbook

In the vast array of exhibitions that many institutions have reserved for the Italian Ottocento in the last period, it seemed impossible not to pay special attention to the Ottocento project, the vast review, curated by Francesco Leone and Fernando...
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What happens if a major foundation decides to give up all its volunteers at once?

What happens if a major foundation decides to give up all its volunteers at once?

The news has escaped Italy's notice, but it has been causing discussion in the United Kingdom for at least three months: theArt Fund, a major cultural heritage organization (its main mission is to raise funds to donate to public museums for the ...
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Antonello da Messina in Milan: a useless, embarrassing and hagiographic exhibition

Antonello da Messina in Milan: a useless, embarrassing and hagiographic exhibition

One of the first contributions we come across while scrolling through the catalog of the exhibition Antonello da Messina, on view at the Palazzo Reale in Milan until next June 2, is a paper by Roberto Alajmo, who, as is well known, is a writer an...
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When will our museums always open at night?

When will our museums always open at night?

Last summer, as soon as the cycle of extraordinary evening openings at the Accademia Gallery in Florence was over, the director of the Florentine institute, Cecilie Hollberg, declared that the initiative had been a great success, and that the suc...
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When artists painted like children. Infantilist primitivism in early twentieth-century Italian art.

When artists painted like children. Infantilist primitivism in early twentieth-century Italian art.

When artists painted like children. Infantilist primitivism in early 20th century Italian art.In an enterprising exhibition that was mounted at the Mole Antonelliana in Turin in 1990 and was entitled Italian Expressionism, curators Renato Barilli and...
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For a correct relocation of Margherita Sarfatti. Massimo Mattioli's pamphlet

For a correct relocation of Margherita Sarfatti. Massimo Mattioli's pamphlet

The heavy damnatio memoriae to which Margherita Sarfatti (Venice, 1880 - Cavallasca, 1961) was forced because of her known ties with the Fascist regime did not allow a serene, full and correct evaluation of her dimension as an art critic, drastic...
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45 euros to visit the Vasari Corridor? That's fair, but on one condition

45 euros to visit the Vasari Corridor? That's fair, but on one condition

Perhaps one mistake too many has been made in the discussion around the price that will have to be paid to access the Vasari Corridor when it is reopened(45 euros in high season, 20 euros in low season): the debate has focused almost exclusively ...
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The exhibitions and activities of the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, a winning model: talks director Maria Luisa Pacelli

The exhibitions and activities of the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, a winning model: talks director Maria Luisa Pacelli

Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara is one of the most active exhibition venues in the country. Managed by the Ferrara Arte Foundation, created in the early 1990s and an emanation of the city administration, the Palazzo attracts about 150,000 visitors ...
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Grotesque heads and motions of the soul, Leonardo da Vinci drawn by Wenceslaus Hollar at the Pedretti Foundation

Grotesque heads and motions of the soul, Leonardo da Vinci drawn by Wenceslaus Hollar at the Pedretti Foundation

He was twenty-nine years old Bohemian engraver Wenceslaus Hollar (Václav Hollar; Prague, 1607 - London, 1677) when, in 1636 in Cologne, he had the opportunity to meet one of England's richest and most influential men, diplomat Thomas Howard, X...
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Museums, interview with Minister Bonisoli. We will solve the problem of scripted volunteering. And we will still increase free admission

Museums, interview with Minister Bonisoli. We will solve the problem of scripted volunteering. And we will still increase free admission

How are Italy's museums doing? What is the future of the recently introduced free admission plan? What are the main problems on which the next reform of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage will intervene? On the problem of volunteerism used as a su...
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Paestum, a participatory and inclusive place to give a strong signal to the south. Director Gabriel Zuchtriegel speaks.

Paestum, a participatory and inclusive place to give a strong signal to the south. Director Gabriel Zuchtriegel speaks.

The Paestum Archaeological Park, under the direction of Gabriel Zuchtriegel, an archaeologist born in 1981, has undergone major transformations and has become a very active site. There have been many innovations, from the opening of the deposits ...
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Verrocchio master of Leonardo, the first monographic exhibition on the great artist among masterpieces and new attributions

Verrocchio master of Leonardo, the first monographic exhibition on the great artist among masterpieces and new attributions

Despite the fact that the figure of Verrocchio (Andrea di Michele di Francesco Cioni; Florence, c. 1435 - Venice, 1488) is universally considered to be among the most significant in the history of art and his achievements are recognized as the ba...
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Museums, the reality behind the ads: gap widens between large and small, payers grow little, tickets never so expensive

Museums, the reality behind the ads: gap widens between large and small, payers grow little, tickets never so expensive

2018 was the year that set visitor and revenue records for our state museums (in fact, never had such high numbers been recorded : 55 million people flocking to cultural venues and 229 million euros in revenue), but if you want to analyze the data ...
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Is Genoa's Ecce Homo really a work by Caravaggio? The answer at the Palazzo della Meridiana exhibition

Is Genoa's Ecce Homo really a work by Caravaggio? The answer at the Palazzo della Meridiana exhibition

In the past year alone there have been at least a couple of interesting opportunities that, though unrelated, have offered the public and scholars much material to open up an in-depth discussion on the development of Caravaggism in Genoa. In the ...
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A survey of the theme of landscape in contemporary Italian art. The "Panorama" exhibition in Bologna

A survey of the theme of landscape in contemporary Italian art. The "Panorama" exhibition in Bologna

Landscape, Henri-Frédéric Amiel was convinced, reveals a state of our soul. The French philosopher entrusted this thought to his Journal intime drafted between 1883 and 1884: the experience of Friedrich with his panoramas at the window had...
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Minister Bonisoli pledges 3,600 hires to cultural heritage. But can Quota 100 collapse the ministry?

Minister Bonisoli pledges 3,600 hires to cultural heritage. But can Quota 100 collapse the ministry?

Minister Alberto Bonisoli said yesterday at his regular meeting with trade unions that there will be 3,600 new hires at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage in the time frame leading up to 2021. Of these 3,600 new hires, 1,000 are those provided for...
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Leonardo da Vinci's loans to the Louvre: dialogue between Italy and France must continue, on a scientific basis

Leonardo da Vinci's loans to the Louvre: dialogue between Italy and France must continue, on a scientific basis

Before entering into the merits of the topic of the loans of Leonardo da Vinci's "Italian" works to the Louvre, it must necessarily be premised that, if the masterpieces of the great Tuscan artist were to finally leave for the temporary move to P...
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Banksy and the shredded work, when contemporary art becomes a caricature of itself

Banksy and the shredded work, when contemporary art becomes a caricature of itself

The never-too-much lamented Tommaso Labranca, whose passing has been forgotten at the speed of light, had little appreciation for the figure of Banksy. Labranca had devoted a chapter of his last book, Vraghinaroda, to the British street artist, r...
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Paul Klee, the interpreter of the non-visible. The exhibition at MuDEC in Milan

Paul Klee, the interpreter of the non-visible. The exhibition at MuDEC in Milan

It was not long after the publication of his visionary essay The Spiritual in Art, that Vasily Kandinsky (Moscow, 1866 - Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1944) began to develop the idea of starting to write an almanac that would collect reproductions of the most...
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The mature Tintoretto between technical innovations and sublime portraits: the Venice exhibition (going to the U.S.)

The mature Tintoretto between technical innovations and sublime portraits: the Venice exhibition (going to the U.S.)

No doubt hangs that the extraordinary Miracle of the Slave, the monumental canvas that Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti, Venice, 1519 - 1594) painted in 1548 for the Scuola Grande di San Marco, represents a kind of caesura between the youthful phase of...
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Museums and financial autonomy, is the 2.3 million euro cut decided by the government a wake-up call?

Museums and financial autonomy, is the 2.3 million euro cut decided by the government a wake-up call?

There was very little discussion about it, but among the measures contained in the 2019 Budget Law, there was also a cut of 2.35 million euros to autonomous museums, established in paragraph 804 of Article 1: "the institutes and museums endowed w...
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How Romanticism was born and developed in Italy. The major exhibition in Milan

How Romanticism was born and developed in Italy. The major exhibition in Milan

The first contribution on the role of the open window on the landscape in the Romantic era dates back to 1955: it was titled The open window and the storm-tossed boat: an essay in the iconography of Romanticism, and its author, Lorenz Eitner, po...
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Are 18-year-olds not going to the museum? Cost has nothing to do with it: they simply don't find it interesting

Are 18-year-olds not going to the museum? Cost has nothing to do with it: they simply don't find it interesting

There is a myth that has long hovered around our museums and that seems to be rather difficult to eradicate: that of young people not visiting art venues because they would consider it an expensive activity. A conviction that has perhaps even cau...
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Anton Maria Maragliano's spectacular exhibition in Genoa, including sacred theaters and marvelous processional chests

Anton Maria Maragliano's spectacular exhibition in Genoa, including sacred theaters and marvelous processional chests

The name ofAnton Maria Maragliano (Genoa, 1664 - 1739) will say little to many living outside Liguria. The fame of this sculptor is mostly confined to Genoa and its environs, and past Ventimiglia and Luni (although, more accurately, it would be n...
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What has the government done for culture in six months? Almost nothing. And it is not even considering its program

What has the government done for culture in six months? Almost nothing. And it is not even considering its program

In the recent history of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, it is difficult to recall moments that surpass the current one in terms of the real distance between announced measures and concrete results. From the moment he took office, Minister Alb...
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New perspectives for the study of the relationship between art and politics in the 20th century. Interview with Michele Dantini

New perspectives for the study of the relationship between art and politics in the 20th century. Interview with Michele Dantini

New perspectives for the study of the relationship between art and politics in the 20th century. Interview with Michele DantiniArt and Politics in Italy between Fascism and the Republic (Donzelli, 2018) is the latest book by Michele Dantini, contempo...
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Protection as an axis for the explosive growth of the Polo Museale della Lombardia. Director Stefano L'Occaso speaks

Protection as an axis for the explosive growth of the Polo Museale della Lombardia. Director Stefano L'Occaso speaks

The Polo Museale della Lombardia, an entity that brings together several museums in the region including some celebrated sites such as the Cenacolo vinciano, the Rocca Scaligera and the Grotte di Catullo in Sirmione, the Parco Nazionale delle Inc...
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Migrants in museums. Proposals for seriously addressing an extremely important topic

Migrants in museums. Proposals for seriously addressing an extremely important topic

TheEuropean Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals, an important document adopted by the European Commission in July 2011, defines integration as a process that aims to get migrants to participate in the society of their host count...
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1929 Surrealism on display in Pisa: good idea, less so the implementation

1929 Surrealism on display in Pisa: good idea, less so the implementation

The year 1929 has gone down in art history as a decisive year for the fate of Surrealism as a whole. That year, the movement founded in 1924 by André Breton (Tinchebray, 1896 - Paris, 1966) confronted crucial events that would mark its history...
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"Here are Cavalier Tempesta's frescoes, and soon a major Dürer exhibition in Genoa." Art historian Margherita Priarone speaks.

"Here are Cavalier Tempesta's frescoes, and soon a major Dürer exhibition in Genoa." Art historian Margherita Priarone speaks.

Until January 6, 2019, the Salotto del Cavalier Tempesta, a precious room entirely frescoed by Pieter Mulier known as Cavalier Tempesta (Haarlem, 1637 - Milan, 1701), can be visited in Genoa's Palazzo Nicolosio Lomellino. These frescoes have rece...
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Witches, ghosts, demons and esoteric cults: art and magic on display in Rovigo

Witches, ghosts, demons and esoteric cults: art and magic on display in Rovigo

In his Attic Nights, the Roman writer Aulus Gellius, who lived in the first century of the common era, reported that all young men eager to approach the teachings of Pythagoras were required to observe at least two years of silence: the disciples...
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On the myth of Leonardo da Vinci's Italian genius from the nineteenth century onward.

On the myth of Leonardo da Vinci's Italian genius from the nineteenth century onward.

The tedious and futile nationalist polemics on theItalianity of Leonardo da Vinci, which from time to time are rekindled as a result of the unhinged interventions of some politician in search of easy stereotypes or some boutade that has more to do wi...
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Andrea Chiesi's contemporary ruins, between Caspar David Friedrich and CCCP

Andrea Chiesi's contemporary ruins, between Caspar David Friedrich and CCCP

The studio of Andrea Chiesi (Modena, 1966) is in a farmhouse on the outskirts of Modena, just after leaving the city, on the edge of a countryside that loses itself between the Secchia on one side and the provincial road that leads to Carpi on th...
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Could Salvini introduce a ticket fee to visit Italian churches?

Could Salvini introduce a ticket fee to visit Italian churches?

It may sound like a paradox to some, but it is well known that the Ministry of the Interior manages a vast cultural heritage, one of the most valuable in the world: it is the patrimony of the Fondo Edifici di Culto (FEC), an entity that holds own...
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Is there a new painting by Lorenzo Lotto in Recanati? The "provocation" of Macerata's major exhibition.

Is there a new painting by Lorenzo Lotto in Recanati? The "provocation" of Macerata's major exhibition.

A "reasonable bet" and a "critical provocation that can only provoke discussion": with such definitions, Enrico Maria Dal Pozzolo intended to present a new and suggestive attributional hypothesis for the Holy Family preserved at the Diocesan Muse...
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Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia, Paola Marini's farewell: the balance is positive

Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia, Paola Marini's farewell: the balance is positive

In a letter sent this morning to her contacts, Paola Marini, director of the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, bid farewell to the museum, its board of directors, the scientific committee, colleagues, collaborators and, of course, the public: Ma...
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The Parisian Mantegna. The works of the Musée Jacquemart-André

The Parisian Mantegna. The works of the Musée Jacquemart-André

Contrary to what one might believe, the practice of block exchanges of artworks between international museums is not a recent custom. If anything, it is of recent times the custom to give birth to reciprocal loans that feed totally useless exhibi...
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On exhibitions, part 1. But is it true that Italy does not have world-class exhibitions?

On exhibitions, part 1. But is it true that Italy does not have world-class exhibitions?

In recent weeks, the entire Italian exhibition scene has found itself, malgré lui, having to suffer the blows of the crossfire of Venerdì di Repubblica and Il Foglio, which came out, a week apart (on September 14 and 21) with two articles s...
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Bonisoli like Franceschini: "Let's bring works from repositories to schools." The problems? "Who cares!"

Bonisoli like Franceschini: "Let's bring works from repositories to schools." The problems? "Who cares!"

During a speech in the Chamber of Deputies last October 4 that escaped most, the minister of cultural heritage, Alberto Bonisoli, proposed a project that he said should "lead to change": on the surface, all consistent with the title of the confer...
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The fourteenth century in and around Spoleto, the art of the anonymous masters

The fourteenth century in and around Spoleto, the art of the anonymous masters

It is difficult to fully understand Umbrian painting if one has never been to Umbria: there is no art historian who has not remarked how the art of the painters who were active in this portion of Italy is firmly based on close connections with it...
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The summer of attacks on culture and information: what possible consequences?

The summer of attacks on culture and information: what possible consequences?

The very recent affair at the Monfalcone Municipal Library, where the local leghist junta, according to a report in Repubblica, first forced the cutting of subscriptions to Il Manifesto and L'Avvenire and then the failure to make them available t...
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"Art must be disturbing and leave us perplexed, otherwise it makes no sense." Interview with Roberto Chiabrera

"Art must be disturbing and leave us perplexed, otherwise it makes no sense." Interview with Roberto Chiabrera

Roberto Chiabrera (Genoa, 1970) is, in our opinion, one of the most interesting artists on the contemporary Italian scene, and perhaps too underestimated: his is an art out of the box (at least out of the Italian box, because there is nothing Ita...
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Unacceptable treatment of the director of the Museo della Gente Trentina. A museum is not just the number of visitors

Unacceptable treatment of the director of the Museo della Gente Trentina. A museum is not just the number of visitors

What happened on Thursday, September 13, during the W l'Italia program on Rete 4, to the director of the Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina in San Michele all'Adige, Giovanni Kezich, is unacceptable. Unacceptable for two main reasons...
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Minister Bonisoli's mouse. Why the news on museum access is just smoke and mirrors

Minister Bonisoli's mouse. Why the news on museum access is just smoke and mirrors

It is curious to note how the minister of cultural heritage, Alberto Bonisoli, took more than a month (starting the count from the date of theannouncement of the abolition of free Sundays in museums) to give birth to a package of measures that, i...
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Bonisoli, the minister who doesn't answer. Here's the interview you won't read

Bonisoli, the minister who doesn't answer. Here's the interview you won't read

Dear friends of Windows on Art, we believe that a newspaper performs a fundamental service for its readers when, in addition to guaranteeing up-to-date and accurate daily information, it is also able to conduct timely in-depth analysis: that is why ...
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Renzi imitates Alberto Angela, but why do politicians with cultural ambitions abound lately?

Renzi imitates Alberto Angela, but why do politicians with cultural ambitions abound lately?

Surely many of those reading this article will have had a chance to see the trailer for Florence, the documentary that intends to take viewers on a discovery of Florence, with the guidance of former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. And not a few will...
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Milan, the beauty of being cool-tural: the challenge of a city-state of the future. Filippo Del Corno, Councillor for Culture, speaks.

Milan, the beauty of being cool-tural: the challenge of a city-state of the future. Filippo Del Corno, Councillor for Culture, speaks.

Milan is recognized as the economic capital of Italy, and for the past few years it has also intended to assume the role of cultural capital. Not only that: in the last decade, Milan's international prestige has grown considerably, and as part of t...
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From Klimt to Friedrich, Repin to Schiele, the other 19th century in a slim book by Eugenio Riccomini

From Klimt to Friedrich, Repin to Schiele, the other 19th century in a slim book by Eugenio Riccomini

It is well known that several art historians manifest some difficulty when called upon to change their register in order to meet with favor and to arouse the interest of the general public. This is not the case for Eugenio Riccomini (Nuoro, 1936)...
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St. Joseph of the Carpenters collapse: why it makes no sense to say "the Vatican will take care of it" (and blame... migrants!)

St. Joseph of the Carpenters collapse: why it makes no sense to say "the Vatican will take care of it" (and blame... migrants!)

It is disheartening to note that populist bitterness has not spared misplaced comments even on the collapse of the precious ceiling of the church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami in Rome. As if such a serious fact were an event that does not concern...
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The work of art is always a political act, and it is impossible to separate art from politics

The work of art is always a political act, and it is impossible to separate art from politics

Populist rhetoric against the press, in Italy as well as abroad, risks producing nefarious effects on art journalism as well: the problem, pointed out by the editor of The Art Newspaper, Helen Stoilas, in an article last August 16, entails unprec...
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Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Maremma masterpieces, between art, politics and iconographic innovations

Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Maremma masterpieces, between art, politics and iconographic innovations

The recent exhibition Ambrogio Lorenzetti in Maremma. Masterpieces from the Territories of Grosseto and Siena, at the Complesso Museale di San Pietro all'Orto in Massa Marittima until September 16, 2018, made it possible to focus attention on the...
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For Beato Angelico in Rome: the important first monograph on the subject, by Gerardo de Simone

For Beato Angelico in Rome: the important first monograph on the subject, by Gerardo de Simone

It has a classical and monumental scope in the monograph Il Beato Angelico a Roma 1445-1455. Rebirth of the Arts and Christian Humanism in the Urbe of Nicholas V and Leon Battista Alberti, the latest work by Gerardo de Simone (Castellammare di St...
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Gianfranco Ferroni: hopes, disillusions, expectations on display in Seravezza

Gianfranco Ferroni: hopes, disillusions, expectations on display in Seravezza

Everything is about to be accomplished. This is the title of one of the paintings with which Gianfranco Ferroni (Livorno, 1927 - Bergamo, 2001) participated in the 1968 Venice Biennale. An assortment of objects of different natures, detonators, the...
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How to talk about art lightly but with rigor and depth: Vivian Maier according to Roberto Carlone. The interview

How to talk about art lightly but with rigor and depth: Vivian Maier according to Roberto Carlone. The interview

Is it possible to tell about art in a light-hearted way, but without losing sight of rigor and depth, without neglecting serious research work? Theanswer is affirmative, and an excellent example of this is the play Gli occhi di Vivian Maier (I'm ...
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What we learned from the case of the Leghist deputy mayor who wanted to censor Marina Abramović's poster

What we learned from the case of the Leghist deputy mayor who wanted to censor Marina Abramović's poster

The Trieste I have in mind is the one that welcomes a barely 22-year-old James Joyce, who among the streets of the Julian city, which he called his "second homeland," would know poverty and success, joys and disappointments, find inspiration for ...
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In 18th-century Sarzana guided by a historian of the period. Bonaventura de' Rossi's copious Collettanea.

In 18th-century Sarzana guided by a historian of the period. Bonaventura de' Rossi's copious Collettanea.

In a possible list of the major and most important reference points for studying the history of the arts in Sarzana, a prominent place could certainly be occupied by a work by historian Bonaventura de' Rossi (Sarzana, 1666 - Genoa, 1741), the copious...
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Free Sundays at museums, good to abolish them. But beyond announcements, we need a forward-looking project

Free Sundays at museums, good to abolish them. But beyond announcements, we need a forward-looking project

The long-awaited announcement, already foreseeable for a few weeks, has finally arrived: free Sundays in state museums will be abolished. This was said yesterday by the Minister of Cultural Heritage, Alberto Bonisoli, however, specifying that it ...
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Genoa, on the resounding resignation of very young culture alderman Elisa Serafini

Genoa, on the resounding resignation of very young culture alderman Elisa Serafini

Elisa Serafini 's resignation from her role as culture alderman of the Genoa City Council is sensational. Clamorous, of course, but not so unpredictable: Elisa Serafini was one of the most moderate members of a council led by Mayor Marco Bucci, v...
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Andrea Bianconi's Fantastic Planet, dreamy atmospheres and a journey between Hell, Purgatory and Paradise

Andrea Bianconi's Fantastic Planet, dreamy atmospheres and a journey between Hell, Purgatory and Paradise

For Andrea Bianconi (Arzignano, 1974) everything has a direction. When we walk, think, discuss, eat, sleep, make love, perform the simplest of daily actions or plan the most complex decision of our lives, we move following a direction. We walk gu...
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Are the hours of free Sundays numbered? Perhaps, waiting for the real revolution that museums need

Are the hours of free Sundays numbered? Perhaps, waiting for the real revolution that museums need

Perhaps, free Sundays have their hours counted and may soon become a thing of the past. Earlier this year, from these pages, the writer had launched the proposal to abolish them and think about alternative forms of incentive, and after recent state...
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On the triumph of aesthetic populism

On the triumph of aesthetic populism

In his seminal Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism begun in 1984, Fredric Jameson had summarized, with great clarity, the cultural trend that had been foreshadowed by MacDonald some twenty years earlier and that perhaps more t...
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The 1960s, birth of the nation: but which one? An alternative reading of the major exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi

The 1960s, birth of the nation: but which one? An alternative reading of the major exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi

Interestingly, in the entire catalog of the exhibition Birth of a Nation. Between Guttuso, Fontana and Schifano, currently underway in Florence at Palazzo Strozzi, the word "nation," minus the repetitions in the title, registers only five occurre...
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Genoa, the drama of the Villa Croce Museum: a museum without certainty about the future

Genoa, the drama of the Villa Croce Museum: a museum without certainty about the future

Last January, in the pages of our magazine, we told you about one of the highlights of the crisis at the Villa Croce Museum in Genoa: in controversy with the city administration, which had granted the paltry sum of seventy thousand euros for the ...
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Indecent homophobic racket against Milovan Farronato cannot be tolerated

Indecent homophobic racket against Milovan Farronato cannot be tolerated

After the news of the appointment of Milovan Farronato as curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, perhaps few expected that media attention would focus not on the critic's past experience, not on his ideas, not on what contours t...
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Count government with grill-leftist traction, unprecedented game opens for culture

Count government with grill-leftist traction, unprecedented game opens for culture

"Alberto Bonisoli is someone who has pursued a goal in his years of career: he has aimed to enhance the heritage of made in Italy that we have, to enhance the excellence that we have, and which in some cases is also a tourist attraction. In gener...
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Want to learn about the main trends in contemporary Italian painting? Drop by Todi. There's De Prospectiva Pingendi

Want to learn about the main trends in contemporary Italian painting? Drop by Todi. There's De Prospectiva Pingendi

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Autoritratto, the seminal essay with which Carla Lonzi redefined the boundaries of the art critic's profession, which she herself, after the publication of that writing, decided to abandon. The meaning ...
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Dürer and the Renaissance in Milan, an exhibition that disappoints and does not convince

Dürer and the Renaissance in Milan, an exhibition that disappoints and does not convince

It really seems that Albrecht Dürer (Nuremberg, 1471 - 1528) has timidly begun to share, malgré lui, the fate that has long since befallen his other illustrious colleagues from different eras (Caravaggio, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and assort...
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Is it right for museums to lend their iconic masterpieces for temporary exhibitions?

Is it right for museums to lend their iconic masterpieces for temporary exhibitions?

All those who visited Cremona's Museo Civico "Ala Ponzone" this winter could not help but have an incomplete experience, probably unsatisfactory for many, since Cremona's best-known museum, from late October to early February, found itself withou...
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Northern League and 5 Stars are light years apart on cultural heritage. Is there cause for concern?

Northern League and 5 Stars are light years apart on cultural heritage. Is there cause for concern?

In view of the imminent reaching of an agreement between the 5 Star Movement and the Northern League to form the next government, it seems quite legitimate to wonder what will happen to cultural heritage under an executive led by Leghists and Gri...
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Gaetano Previati, religious painting that becomes human feeling: the Via al Calvario and the Via Crucis

Gaetano Previati, religious painting that becomes human feeling: the Via al Calvario and the Via Crucis

When Gabriele D'Annunzio came into contact with the art dealer Alberto Grubicy in 1919, the poet was first involved in a publishing venture that was supposed to produce a book on Gaetano Previati (Ferrara, 1852 - Lavagna, 1920), and then he receive...
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States of mind, in Ferrara an intense journey through emotions from Previati to Boccioni

States of mind, in Ferrara an intense journey through emotions from Previati to Boccioni

In 1891, when Stéphane Mallarmé found himself in discussion with Jules Huret about the modes and purposes of Symbolist poetry, the great poet told his journalist friend that using a symbol means nothing more than choisir un objet, et en déga...
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Post Zang Tumb Tuuum, in Milan a new paradigm but a repetitive, bulimic and dangerous exhibition

Post Zang Tumb Tuuum, in Milan a new paradigm but a repetitive, bulimic and dangerous exhibition

To many it will have seemed excessive what art historian Ester Coen wrote a few days ago in Dagospia about Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italy 1918 - 1943, perhaps the most discussed exhibition of this year. Coen's thesis, in essence, focu...
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Is it really a good May Day for cultural workers? Unfortunately, it would seem not

Is it really a good May Day for cultural workers? Unfortunately, it would seem not

While you are reading these lines, perhaps during a break in your May Day barbecue, while you are at the beach enjoying a foretaste of summer, or on your couch because you have decided to spend the holiday at home, somewhere in Italy a cultural w...
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Kids acting as guides in museums for school-to-work alternation: very wrong. Do we find an alternative?

Kids acting as guides in museums for school-to-work alternation: very wrong. Do we find an alternative?

A couple of days ago a press release arrived in the newsroom informing us of an initiative being launched in Florence as part of theschool-to-work alternance projects, the institution introduced in 2003 by the Moratti reform in an optional form, ...
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Van Dyck and his friends in Genoa: a genius and his Flemish colleagues in seventeenth-century Liguria

Van Dyck and his friends in Genoa: a genius and his Flemish colleagues in seventeenth-century Liguria

Despite the fact that the public has witnessed in recent years an increase in the number of exhibitions in which the topic of artistic connections between Genoa and Flanders in the seventeenth century was touched upon, the topic of the Flemish in...
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Maurizio Cattelan: I always have something to learn

Maurizio Cattelan: I always have something to learn

Next Monday, April 23, 2018, Maurizio Cattelan (Padua, 1960), will be in Carrara for the inauguration of the academic year of the Academy of Fine Arts: during the ceremony, he will receive the title of honorary professor and unveil Eternity, the ...
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Montepulciano's tourism boom and the 500th anniversary of the temple of San Biagio. An interview with Riccardo Pizzinelli

Montepulciano's tourism boom and the 500th anniversary of the temple of San Biagio. An interview with Riccardo Pizzinelli

TheValdichiana, and in particular the Montepulciano area, has experienced a real boom in tourist presences inrecent years. According to the Florence-based Center for Tourism Studies, which processed data provided by the Region of Tuscany and the ...
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Vandals out of desperation. Painting to save us from degradation?

Vandals out of desperation. Painting to save us from degradation?

The street artist who decided to cover the niche of a 17th-century fountain in Carrara's historic center on Saturday night with strong, acidic and totally out-of-context colors, lime green and shocking pink, cannot help but recall what happened in Pa...
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A modern dialogue between Italy and Spain on display in the halls of the Uffizi

A modern dialogue between Italy and Spain on display in the halls of the Uffizi

In one of his seminal essays published in 1985, the great British scholar Michael Baxandall asserted that the problem of so-called "influence" is something of a curse for the art historian. It is a curse, argued Baxandall (the following translati...
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Irony, eroticism, life: the rare and precious ceramics of visual poets on display at CAMeC

Irony, eroticism, life: the rare and precious ceramics of visual poets on display at CAMeC

Of the thousands of works produced by the avant-gardists of Visual Poetry from the 1960s to the present, very few use a ceramic medium: a few dozen pieces that do not exceed three hundred. Most of these poems on ceramics have been brought togethe...
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Endangered and awaiting recognition for eighteen years: the odyssey of restorers

Endangered and awaiting recognition for eighteen years: the odyssey of restorers

"Restorers on the verge of extinction" was the title, last March 30, of an article by Monica Pieraccini published in the Florentine edition of La Nazione. The journalist reported how before the crisis, in Florence alone, there were at least four ...
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For Genovesino, a fine research exhibition in Piacenza on his relations with the city

For Genovesino, a fine research exhibition in Piacenza on his relations with the city

The Genovesino and Piacenza exhibition that recently opened in the rooms of Palazzo Galli, a valuable exhibition venue of the Banca di Piacenza, is more than just an appendix born on the heels of the success of the successful monographic exhibiti...
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Jan Fabre, the warrior of beauty who dialogues with the great masters of the past

Jan Fabre, the warrior of beauty who dialogues with the great masters of the past

The traveler who had happened to be in Florence in 2016, during the warm weather, and to be exact between April 15 and October 2, would have come across an unusual presence in Piazza della Signoria: the space in front of the monument of Cosimo I ...
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Heritage School, nomination flop certifies embarrassing lack of clarity

Heritage School, nomination flop certifies embarrassing lack of clarity

Last March 12, a press release from the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism circulated the number of applications for the selection of the eighteen students who will take part in the first cycle of the Heritage School course: four hundred i...
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The Last Caravaggio: a spectacular and provocative exhibition in Milan that puts Caravaggio in a corner

The Last Caravaggio: a spectacular and provocative exhibition in Milan that puts Caravaggio in a corner

Do not make the mistake of being misled by the title: the exhibition The Last Caravaggio. Heirs and New Masters not only has little to do with the great Michelangelo Merisi (Milan, 1571 - Porto Ercole, 1610), but even questions, as a substantial ...
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Spring Days and public heritage: a response to the vice president of FAI

Spring Days and public heritage: a response to the vice president of FAI

Dear Vice President Magnifico, I learn, from the Emergenza Cultura review, of your response to the article with which I tried to highlight the sad reality behind the celebratory narrative of the FAI Spring Days. I must say that I am gladdened ...
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The sad reality behind FAI Spring Days. What the celebrations don't say

The sad reality behind FAI Spring Days. What the celebrations don't say

As has been the case every year since 1993, the arrival of warm weather brings with it the FAI Spring Days, and the approach of the event is accompanied by the usual florilegium of articles with encomiastic tones that, in every headline, celebrat...
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Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, an elegant Caravaggio between Genoa and Spain on display at Palazzo Spinola

Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, an elegant Caravaggio between Genoa and Spain on display at Palazzo Spinola

Three works of exceptional quality, three variants on the same theme (that of the Holy Family), three paintings that speak of an artist, Bartolomeo Cavarozzi (Viterbo, 1587 - Rome, 1625), eager to escape for some time from the fierce competition ...
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How is culture fared in the administrations of 5 Stars and the Northern League? Let's take a look

How is culture fared in the administrations of 5 Stars and the Northern League? Let's take a look

The March 4 elections handed us a result more uncertain than ever and, a week after the polls closed, it is still hard to understand what the future balance in Parliament might be: however, among the scenarios still considered most probable is th...
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Elisabetta Sirani, drawings and paintings of the heroine who changed the role of women in art history

Elisabetta Sirani, drawings and paintings of the heroine who changed the role of women in art history

Short and tragic was the parabola of the star ofElisabetta Sirani (Bologna, 1638 - 1665), an artist of exceptional virtue, daughter of that Giovanni Andrea Sirani who, from being a pupil of Guido Reni, became his closest and most faithful collabo...
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